Saturday 21 October 2017

David de Gea will turn down Real Madrid to stay at United - agent

Jorge Mendes says goalkeeper is happy but tells Louis Van Gaal: 'You are 15 points worse than Fergie'

David de Gea's contract runs out next summer
David de Gea's contract runs out next summer

David de Gea plans to stay at Manchester United rather than move to Real Madrid, his agent Jorge Mendes has said.

De Gea's contract at United expires at the end of next season and Real Madrid are expected to try to sign him either this summer or in 2016.

Mendes had previously hinted the Spanish goalkeeper may find the lure of Madrid impossible to resist, but in an interview with the BBC, he now says De Gea is happy at Old Trafford.

But Mendes, the self-styled 'super-agent' who also represents Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa among others, said that De Gea's team would have 12 to 15 points more this season were they being managed by Sir Alex Ferguson rather than Louis van Gaal.

Mendes said Ferguson and Mourinho were 'God-like' managerial figures who were on an entirely superior level to all rivals in English football, including Van Gaal.

He also said he expected Mourinho to remain at Chelsea for at least another decade.

Mendes said: "De Gea has one year left on his contract and I think that he will stay in Manchester. The player will decide, but he's happy there, at the moment."

Of Ferguson, he added: "Manchester United has just one problem - it's completely impossible to find someone like Sir Alex Ferguson because he's a god, he's a genius and to find a genius is very difficult.

"You have one in England - Jose Mourinho. Having Sir Alex Ferguson ensures at this moment you have 12 or 15 points more.

"He's finished his career, but he's someone that's the difference."

Mendes said Mourinho hopes to emulate with Chelsea Ferguson's longevity and succcess at United.

"Jose will stay for sure," said Mendes. "He will be the Sir Alex Ferguson of Chelsea Football Club. He loves the supporters, he loves the city and I think he will stay there for more than 10 years."

Of Falcao, the hugely expensive striker who has struggled for match fitness and goals at United, Mendes said again that the striker will either stay at United beyond the end of his season-long loan or play for anther of Europe's top clubs.

United will seek to negotiate a lower asking price for Falcao than the current £40m his club Monaco want and may even chose not to pursue a permanent deal at all.

Telegraph.co.uk

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