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Sunday 25 February 2018

Mourinho adamant De Gea will not be sold

Goalkeeper has long been linked with Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho, right, is determined David De Gea will not be leaving Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho, right, is determined David De Gea will not be leaving Old Trafford

By Simon Peach, Press Association Chief Football Writer

Jose Mourinho has no intention of allowing David De Gea to leave as Manchester United are trying to attract the best players, not lose them.

The Portuguese has bolstered his squad with a handful of stars each summer since succeeding Louis van Gaal and last month delved into the January window for the first time to bring in Alexis Sanchez.

The only exits to date have been out-of-favour players but Real Madrid continue to be linked with a move for outstanding shot-stopper De Gea, who was on the brink of a switch to the Bernabeu in 2015.

Zinedine Zidane’s men could instead move this summer for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – a man who this week confessed his “heart is in Madrid” – but Mourinho is not interested in such talk as he looks to keep building his team.

“I don’t speak about Courtois,” he said of a player he managed at Chelsea.

“Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is a club that is open to sell their best players? Makes no sense.

“If you want to go to that level, we have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis, (Nemanja) Matic, (Paul) Pogba and so on, and don’t let our best players go.”

Press Association

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