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Louis van Gaal available for pre-season tour, Nike to end United kit deal

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 18:44 | Comments

Louis van Gaal will join Man Utd's US tour immediately after the World Cup, Robin van Persie won't link up with the squad until August The 2014-15 Manchester United kit will be the last designed by Nike (Pic: @ManUtd)
Louis van Gaal will join Man Utd's US tour immediately after the World Cup, Robin van Persie won't link up with the squad until August The 2014-15 Manchester United kit will be the last designed by Nike (Pic: @ManUtd)

Manchester United have confirmed new manager Louis van Gaal will join up with the club for their full pre-season tour.

A number of United's World Cup players, including Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, David de Gea and Shinji Kagawa, as well as new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, will also depart for the United States on 18 July.

In Van Gaal's case, that could be just five days after his involvement at the World Cup in Brazil ends.

Holland striker Robin van Persie is not expected to link up with the squad until August.

The Dutchman is due to take charge at Old Trafford as soon as his commitments with the Holland national side are over.

Holland have reached the World Cup semi-finals in Brazil and hope to be involved in Sunday's final in Rio. Even if they lose they will still be playing on Saturday in the third-place play-off.

United play Los Angeles Galaxy on 23 July before games in the International Champions Cup against Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Nike has confirmed it will not renew its kit deal with Manchester United at the end of next season.

The American sportswear giant has walked away from negotiations with the club as it felt United were demanding too much money.

Nike confirmed in a statement that it had decided against renewing the 13-year kit deal, which was signed in 2002.

It said: "Manchester United is a great club with passionate fans.

"The terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike's shareholders" - Nike on its decision not to renew kit deal

"We are proud to have partnered with them for the last 12 years and will continue to sponsor the club until the end of the 2014/15 season.

"Any partnership with a club or federation has to be mutually beneficial and the terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike's shareholders.

"We look forward to a successful final season with the club."

Reports have suggested Adidas is in pole position to clinch a deal that could see the club earn €75.5m a year from 2015.

Nike's original deal was worth €381m, with extra income from a profit share agreement from merchandise sold worldwide.

United this week revealed their new home kit for the 2014-15 season, which will be the last designed by Nike and the first to bear the logo of new sponsor Chevrolet.

United announced they would be entering a seven-year agreement with the US car giant from this summer back in 2012.

It is worth a reported €67m per season.

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