Monday 11 December 2017

Mourinho urges De Gea to focus

Manchester United's David De Gea. Photo: Reuters / Ed Sykes
Manchester United's David De Gea. Photo: Reuters / Ed Sykes Sportdesk

Jose Mourinho has told David de Gea to shelve any thoughts about his future until the end of the season, warning the goalkeeper there are no excuses for being distracted amid renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid.

Real are considering a fresh move for the Manchester United player this summer after his proposed transfer to the Bernabeu collapsed on transfer deadline day in September 2015, when both clubs blamed each other for the episode.

De Gea responded by signing a four-year contract ,and United manager Mourinho has called on his £50m-rated goalkeeper to ensure his focus is unaffected during United's run-in.

The Spaniard, who missed Sunday's 3-0 win at Sunderland through injury, is likely to be on the bench against Anderlecht for the second leg of United's Europa League quarter-final tonight as Mourinho keeps faith Sergio Romero.

"I'm not interested in the speculation," Mourinho said when asked about Real's interest in De Gea. "If the player is, he shouldn't (be)… every match demands total focus from every one of us. I don't see David having any problem.

"End of the season is the time when players can be thinking about what is going to happen with their careers."

Mourinho, meanwhile, claimed that three or four years without Champions League football would not damage United's prestige.

He also insisted that while United remain alive in both the Europa League and Premier League they will treat both with equal seriousness, claiming he would be "killed" if he played a weakened side against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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