Louis van Gaal is ruthless. It’s just the way he rolls.
During his first press conference in the U.S. on Wednesday as United prepare for the first game of their preseason tour against Club America in Seattle on Friday, van Gaal revealed he isn’t sure if Angel Di Maria will be playing for the Premier League side next season.
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He did little to dispel speculation surrounding Di Maria’s future, as reports from the Guardian claim Di Maria and LVG spoke last week and the 27-year-old Argentine international wants to move after failing to settle in England amid various issues on and off the field of play.
Paris Saint-Germain are said to have offered $60 million for the man who joined United for $99 million from Real Madrid last summer.
“We shall see,” van Gaal said of Di Maria. “In football, it is a process, as I have said many times before in press conferences. It’s not clear in one day. It’s a process for Angel Di Maria, it’s a process for Manchester United and we shall see. But he is still a member of Manchester United and he has said to me he will come on July 25.”
With Di Maria set to join up with United on July 25 in the U.S., one man not in the States with the Red Devils is back-up goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The Spaniard has been accused of not wanting to play for Manchester United’s reserve side by van Gaal and wasn’t included in their squad for the preseason tour.
The Dutch manager confirmed he will sell Valdes due to his lack of commitment to the cause.
“He doesn’t follow my philosophy. There is no place for someone like that,” van Gaal said. “Last year, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a ‘keeper at United. When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out. It is a big disappointment. It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.”
Valdes has since sent out the following cryptic message, as he featured three times for United’s U-21 team during the 2014-15 campaign after he signed a contract lasting until 2016 after his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. Valdes played in United’s final two games of the 2014-15 PL season, deputizing for the injured David de Gea, but now it seems increasingly likely that De Gea will stay at Old Trafford next season and Valdes is going to be sold with Turkish side Antalyaspor interested.
Van Gaal also commented on Robin van Persie’s exit from United to Fenerbache and revealed he told his fellow Dutchman that his Old Trafford career was over… on the golf course.
“He knew already what was coming from the day we played golf,” van Gaal said. “After we played golf, we talked about the perspective for him at Manchester United. I think he did a very good choice.”
With four key new signings already on board this summer, and more rumored to be on the way, van Gaal is ripping up United’s squad and he’s being ruthless as he aims to return the Red Devils to glory.
There’s something very Sir Alex Ferguson-esque about the way he’s going about this.