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Man Utd boss Van Gaal rebuffed after cheeky De Jong query

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been rebuffed over an approach for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong. Van Gaal is in the market for a defensive midfielder and was linked with the Holland international during the summer.

Italian sources say Van Gaal, after taking in Milan's victory at Parma, called Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani to sound him out regarding De Jong.

After congratulating Galliani on the nine-goal thriller, Van Gaal asked: "So De Jong? He's for sale?"

"No, but thanks," was Galliani's reply.

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