Van Gaal rift reports are complete lies – De Gea

Reports emanating from Spain this week claimed the two men have not spoken in weeks but the goalkeeper insists he has a healthy working relationship with his coach

David de Gea has dismissed speculation that he has a difficult relationship with Manchester United managerLouis van Gaal as “complete lies”.

Reports emanating from the Spanish media this week claimed the two do not get on and have not spoken in weeks, with De Gea yet to commit his future to United beyond the end of his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2016.

But while he did not address his contract situation, De Gea is adamant he has a healthy working relationship with Van Gaal.

“Everything that has been written in the press about us not getting on is a lie,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website. “We both want the best for the club and the team, and the stories are complete lies.”

De Gea has been one of the star performers in an underwhelming United side this season and feels he is at the top of his game.

“I think this is the best period of my career,” he added. “I am playing the best football that I’ve ever played.

“I’m really enjoying it at the moment and I’m just trying to improve with every training session and every game that goes by, giving 100 per cent and concentrating to the maximum. That’s the way I want to continue.”

A 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last weekend has left United in the midst of a hotly-contested top-four race, and De Gea warns United must get back to winning ways when they take on Sunderland on Saturday.

“Yes, we were on a good run of results and winning some important games but, the other day at Swansea, we lost the game,” he continued. “I don’t think we deserved to lose, but football can be like that.

“You go to tough away grounds and you lose points sometimes. We have to move on from that as now we face Sunderland and we need to concern ourselves with that test.”