Van Gaal tight-lipped over Di Maria move

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Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on August 5, 2014
Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on August 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Gerard Julien)

Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gal refused to say Sunday if Angel di Maria was set to arrive at Old Trafford before the end of the current transfer window following reports the Real Madrid winger had already said goodbye to his team-mates in Spain.

Earlier on Sunday, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti said the Argentina international had not taken part in training but had "come to say goodbye", leading to fresh speculation that di Maria was on his way to United.

But van Gaal, speaking after his side's 1-1 Premier League draw at Sunderland, told Sky Sports: "I think always the club has to announce it.

"And when we think it's the right time to form a transfer then we will come to you and say we have bought that player or the other player.

"But at this time we can't say anything."

The Dutchman added: "Yes (I like Di Maria) but I like (Lionel) Messi also.

"There are a lot of players in this world that I like but they can't always come to Manchester United."