Following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Hull City on Sunday, the Red Devils are already thinking about what promises to be a busy summer ahead at Old Trafford.
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With plenty of players linked with a move to United, manager Louis van Gaal knows he has some tough decisions to make about his current squad.
One player who has been strongly linked with a move away from United is David De Gea, as reports continue to link him with a switch back to his hometown as Real Madrid could be a possible destination for the Spanish goalkeeper this summer.
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De Gea, 24, has just one-year left on his current United deal and after suggesting that he believes DDG will stay, Van Gaal has now thrown the ball into his goalkeepers court when asked about his future.
“I cannot say that,” Van Gaal said. “He has to say something not I.”
When it comes to another United player, Van Gaal confirmed that Radamel Falcao will be returning to AS Monaco in the coming days as his loan deal will not be made permanent.
“Falcao is a top professional and a good human being,” Van Gaal said. “On behalf of myself and everyone at the club I would like to wish him well for the future.”
Falcao, 29, was always likely to move on from Old Trafford as the clause in his loan deal reportedly said that the Red Devils could sign him for $60 million this summer. But after just four goals in 29 appearances for United he is moving back to Monaco and will likely be shipped on elsewhere in the coming weeks.
Van Gaal believes it will be a busy summer at United and conceded that he has some decisions to make in the coming days and weeks. For now, he’s off on vacation.
“For me, that is why I am the manager,” Van Gaal said. “You have to decide which players are to go and which have to come. That is a process. It is not so easy. It is waiting for clubs to agree or not. It is hard work, but more for [Chief Executive] Ed Woodward than me. I go on holiday but I will always be in contact.”