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Published: 14:47 | 16/4/16

Van Gaal: United players going nowhere

Champions League qualification irrelevant

Louis Van Gaal insists none of Manchester United's players will look to leave this summer if the club don't qualify for next season's Champions League

The 20-time Premier League champions are on course to repeat the failure of David Moyes' season in charge by failing to qualify for European club football's top tournament, lying four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

A maximum of five teams from one league can qualify, meaning if City and Liverpool both finish outside the top four but win the Champions League and Europa League respectively, then fourth spot would only be good enough to qualify for the latter.

However, Van Gaal doesn't feel his players, including David de Gea, will leave if they fall short.

“There is not any player who wants to go away, I think,” he said.

“And when another club wants to pay the figures that the board of Manchester United demand, then it is possible.

“But that is dependent on the board, of the decision of the board if a player can go.”

Asked again whether players would want to leave for Champions League football, Van Gaal added: “I don’t think so, I don’t think so.

“But, of course, you have to ask the players, but the players are the participants of every week’s match.

"You [the assembled media] have said that he [de Gea] is going to Real Madrid. I have said always that he stays. You remember that?

“And now you are asking how long he has to stay? Come on. First you have to say: ‘Okay, sorry that I have written that. Sorry.’

“Ask him, ask him. Maybe he said something about that. But not to me."

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