Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mourinho insists De Gea's happy at United

Jose Mourinho:
Jose Mourinho: "The only thing that is real is that he is my player. I am happy with him and I know that he is happy with me" Image: Reuters / Carl Recine

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Jose Mourinho is confident David De Gea does not want to leave Manchester United and that Real Madrid have not even expressed any interest in his goalkeeper.

Real tried to buy De Gea two years ago but the deal collapsed at the end of the summer transfer window and the 26-year-old has since signed a new contract.

Crucially, it is not thought to include a release clause and that enabled his manager to brush off a fresh round of speculation surrounding the former Atletico Madrid player.

United's chief executive Ed Woodward has also made it clear that it will be very difficult to pressurise United to sell anyone they want to keep, particularly given how healthy their finances look after the most recently released figures showed another leap in profits.

"I have nothing to say on De Gea because I am not going to speak about hypothetical things," said Mourinho.

"The only thing that is real is that he is my player. I am happy with him and I know that he is happy with me.

"With (Real Madrid owner) Mr (Florentino) Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, I can say that we are friends forever, big friends. Friends speak, friends are open, friends are honest.

"So, if at the end of the season I want one of their players, or they want one of our players, we will not do it through the press. We will be very direct. So, they are one of the clubs that I am not worried about at all."

United will enter into the transfer market in the summer with leading target Antoine Griezmann edging close to a move from Atletico, but they are hoping to tweak the squad rather than overhaul it.

Mourinho has no doubts that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also be staying next season, even though he could earn a lucrative move to China.

"I'm totally convinced Zlatan is going to stay," he said.

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