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Van Gaal wants Man United defender left out

Luke Shaw has suffered a collection of injuries this year. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he doesn't want defender Luke Shaw going to this summer's European Under-21 Championship.

Gareth Southgate will name his squad on Wednesday, but the Dutchman believes Shaw, who has struggled with injury this season, shouldn't be on his list.

He needs that rest. He over-crossed his limits. He is 19-years-old. What can you expect? We have to protect him and I hope that the coach (Southgate) understands that.

– Louis van Gaal

Man United target close to agreeing new Saints deal

Southampton are confident Nathaniel Clyne will sign a new contract "sooner rather than later" after a change of agent allowed talks to accelerate with the defender, according to executive director of football Les Reed.

Clyne is a target for Man United. Credit: PA

Saints are eager to strike an agreement with Clyne, whose current contract expires at the end of next season and is reportedly a summer transfer target for Manchester United.

Manager Ronald Koeman last month gave the 24-year-old 10 days to make a decision on his future and while that deadline has now passed, Reed says a new agent has seen talks progress:

I'm in discussions with his agent and those have been very, very positive. There's bound to be a lot of speculation because he's such a good player and has had such a good season so we have to balance that against what he can do for us in the future and what we can do for him.

We're at a very good place at the moment in terms of the discussions going on and I'm confident again that we will have a resolution to that sooner rather than later.

– Southampton executive director of football Les Reed


Radamel Falcao's mum hints at Man United exit

Radamel Falcao's mother has admitted her son is hoping for "bigger and better things" after a desperately difficult season at Manchester United.

Falcao hasn't found life easy at Man United. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old Colombia international striker, who joined the club on loan from Monaco in September last year, has made just 28 appearances, 12 of them from the bench, and scored four goals, and all the indications are that United boss Louis van Gaal will not exercise an option to complete a permanent deal.

Now Falcao's mother Carmenza Zarate has admitted it has been a difficult time for her son and hinted his future could lie away from Old Trafford as he looks to resurrect his career.

She told Colombian newspaper El Espectador:

Not everything has been easy in Falcao's life. He has had some difficult moments in his career. They slowed his progress and prevented him from participating in important competitions like the World Cup, or have confined him to the bench, like in Manchester.

I often remind him that after a test or a difficulty, blessings arrive. We hope for bigger and better things. God hasn't abandoned us and my son will become again what he has been, a goalscorer.

Even if he's unhappy not to be in the starting XI, he has to accept the coach's decisions. It's not a normal situation given what he has experienced in his career, but it happens in football. If God shows him a new path, he'll leave Manchester; if not, he'll stay.

– Radamel Falcao's mother Carmenza Zarate
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