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Van Gaal admits he doesn’t know where Di Maria is

Angel Di Maria's transfer to French champions PSG is close, British media are reporting

By Chris Deeley

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he doesn’t know where Angel di Maria is, as the Argentine’s move to Paris Saint-Germain moves ever closer, according to the British media.

Speaking after United’s 2-0 pre-season defeat to the Ligue 1 champions, Van Gaal talked about both Di Maria and David de Gea’s transfer situations.
When asked if he knew where Di Maria was, after he failed to join up with the side for their tour in the US, he said: “You can ask that every week, but it is the same answer. Maybe you know? I don’t know that either.”

PSG boss Laurent Blanc spoke to the press prior to Van Gaal’s press conference, telling the assembled media that a deal for the 27-year-old winger was close to completion, saying: “You know negotiations are in tandem. But as United and Paris Saint Germain are both big clubs, that can be difficult. But we feel we are close to the end.”

Van Gaal, however, refused to discuss Blanc’s comments when asked about them: “I don’t know because I’m not the same manager as Laurent Blanc. I don’t want to answer these questions. With Manchester United, we shall announce something when it is already done and not when it isn’t done, because it’s a process. I have said that many times. We will have to wait and see and I don’t want to interfere.”

He did admit that David de Gea’s ongoing transfer saga was beginning to cause problems after the Spaniard made a mistake to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score, saying: “I cannot say he (De Gea) did not make a mistake. But everybody can make mistakes and when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that’s the difference.

“We have a situation that is not favourable for David de Gea, but neither for us and neither for the club [Real Madrid] that maybe he wants to go to.”

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