David De Gea: Did the Manchester United goalkeeper wave goodbye at Old Trafford? Louis van Gaal says 'he will not leave easily'

Spain international has been linked with summer exit, but Louis van Gaal says 'he will not leave easily'

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Manchester United fans may have seen the last of David De Gea.

The Spain international has been strongly linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, with Manchester United understood to be increasingly consigned to losing arguably their best player before the start of next season.

De Gea's contract will have just a year to run when this season ends, putting him in a strong position if he desires to move on. Real Madrid are known admirers and a return to his home city may be too difficult to resist for the former Atletico Madrid stopper.


Manchester United fans could have expected to see De Gea play at least one more match for their club, but after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford, he may have already made his final appearance.

De Gea was taken off in the 74th minute to be replaced by Victor Valdes. As he left the field he waved to the fans before heading down the tunnel.

Louis van Gaal admitted that De Gea may leave the club

After the match, Louis van Gaal said: "He has the chance to go to another great club. He is Spanish. His girlfriend is Spanish. But he shall not leave easily."

Ian Wright, speaking on Radio 5 Live, said: "De Gea looked like he was saying goodbye to me."