Real thing: The Spanish giants still want to sign De Gea in the summer

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens 

Louis van Gaal has dismissed the possibility of David de Gea joining Real Madrid next season.

The Dutchman is convinced that the Spain international has not head his head turned by Real since his proposed move to the Bernabeu collapsed on deadline day last summer.

Real and city rivals Atletico Madrid were slapped with two-window transfers bans on Thursday, which prevents them from registering players in the summer transfer window and January 2017.

Both clubs have said they will appeal the decision and Arsene Wenger is among those who are convinced the Spanish giants will still be able to buy players in the summer.

Should the Fifa decision stand, De Gea would not be able to switch to Real at the end of the season but Van Gaal is not worried about that possibility.

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“I don’t know, because I don’t think that kind of thing plays in the mind of David De Gea,” said the Dutchman at his media conference on Friday afternoon. “I have never thought that. Now I am seeing a De Gea who is enjoying to stay here at Manchester United and play good games.”

Asked for his verdict on the Spanish clubs’ ban at his media briefing on Friday morning, Wenger replied: “They will appeal, they will cancel the ban and they will be allowed to buy in the next two transfer windows. That’s what will happen.”

Real thing: De Gea wanted to move to Spain last summer
Real thing: De Gea wanted to move to Spain last summer

De Gea’s move to Real last summer dramatically failed in the final minutes of the window because the paperwork was not registered in time.

The Spaniard then signed a new four-year United contract, although rumours persist that it includes a release clause allowing him to leave for a set fee.

Real and Atletico have been hit with the same sanction which saw Barcelona receive a transfer embargo due to irregularities over signing ‘minors’.

During their transfer embargo, Barcelona purchased Arda Turan from Atletico and Alex Vidal from Sevilla last summer despite but were unable to register the duo until the start of January.