Jose Mourinho gives verdict on David De Gea’s new Man United contract
Former Man United boss Jose Mourinho questions David De Gea's new deal
Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Manchester United should have handed David De Gea such a huge new contract to stay at the club.
The Spain international signed a new four-year deal with the 20-time English champions last week that will keep De Gea at Old Trafford until 2023, with the option for a further year.
De Gea is widely reported to be the top earner at Manchester United as well as the best-paid goalkeeper in the world after putting pen to paper on a deal believed to be worth between £350,000 and £375,000 a week.
Manchester United were eager to resolve De Gea’s future rather than risk losing the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper on a free transfer in the summer.
De Gea established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the past five or six seasons despite a slow start to his Manchester United career in 2011.
However, the Spanish shot-stopper has allowed mistakes to start to creep into his game over the past 12 months or so.
Former Manchester United boss Mourinho believes the Red Devils overpaid to keep De Gea at Old Trafford.
“The moment where he signed his huge contract is a moment where I don’t think United needs to pay as much as that to have him,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“One or two years ago he had the world after him and, in this moment, where he has signed his incredible contract, I think the majority of the big doors are closed.
“Real Madrid’s door is closed – they don’t need to sign a goalkeeper after Thibaut Courtois. Barcelona’s door is closed because of the young and fantastic Marc-Andre ter Stegen. PSG is closed – they’ve just signed Keylor Navas, who is a very good goalkeeper.
“I don’t see United under pressure because De Gea is going to disappear. Who is going to pay him these numbers?
“He gets a phenomenal contract in a moment where he is a bit lucky to get it. Is he good? Yes, he’s very good.
“If I say Victor Lindelof is good at some aspects of the game and not others, I could say the same about De Gea. He is much better on the line than he is coming off his line. However, in goal, his agility, his technical level is second to none.”
Mourinho managed De Gea for two and a half seasons at Manchester United before the Portuguese head coach was sacked back in December.
De Gea has won one Premier League title at Old Trafford.