Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects goalkeeper David De Gea to still be at Old Trafford next season, after constant speculation that the player may make a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
There have been several failed attempts for Los Blancos to sign the Spain international, including on one famous occasion back in 2015 when the move collapsed at the last minute as the paperwork was not submitted in time. De Gea has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for every transfer window since.
De Gea has made 305 appearances for Manchester United since he moved there from Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid back in 2011. He has undoubtedly been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for the past few seasons and if he was to make a move, it is likely it would be a world record fee for a goalkeeper.
Mourinho Says No
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is De Gea’s current boss and he seems to think that the player will be going nowhere. Speaking to Spanish publication La Sexta, he said;
‘I see him here.
‘I do not know Real Madrid’s intentions but, if I were them, I would think of another player.’
De Gea’s current contract runs up until the summer of 2019 and Manchester United will be desperate to try and extend this for at least a few more years in order to fend off the interest from Real Madrid. A four year contract was signed after the failed move in 2015 and there is currently the option to add a further year to the deal.
He has won the Red Devils’ Player of the Year award for the last four seasons running and has been head and shoulders above other goalkeepers in world football. If a move for De Gea doesn’t happen, Los Blancos have a list of other targets.