Jose Mourinho: I’m 100 per cent confident Man United star will stay
The Manchester United manager rules out David De Gea leaving this summer
Jose Mourinho is adamant that David De Gea won’t leave Manchester United this summer.
The Red Devils have made two signings in the summer transfer window so far following the additions of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof and Everton star Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester United have also sold club captain Wayne Rooney and Belgian forward Adnan Januzaj, but De Gea remains a Red Devils player despite being linked with Real Madrid.
The Spain international was thought to be on the cusp of a move to Madrid in 2015 before a deal fell through on La Liga’s deadline day. However, transfer speculation has persisted over the past couple of seasons.
De Gea was heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid at the end of the 2016-17 campaign but a move has failed to materialise – so far.
And Mourinho, who was speaking at a media conference in Santa Clara ahead of Sunday’s International Champions Cup clash, ruled out De Gea’s potential departure and suggested the chance of a move to Old Trafford was extinguished.
“I can’t guarantee that he is not going to go this season,” Mourinho said.
“My feeling is that it would be very difficult for him to go.
“He is honest, he is very straight. He was contacted for a long time, the club was closed [to the idea].
“We opened it [the door to De Gea leaving] because I have this feeling when a player has a desire to go, I don’t like to stop them because you don’t get what you expect.
“We opened it and they decided to close [it]. The feeling for him is very, very good.
“He is happy and focused and working better than ever. For me, I am 100 per cent he stays with us.”
Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils booked their place in the Champions League next season thanks to a 2-0 win against Ajax in the Europa League final.
Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor last summer and signed four players to overhaul the Red Devils squad.