De Gea not mov­ing from United – Jose

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Manch­ester United goal­keepr David de Gea will stay put at the Pre­mier League club this sea­son, man­ager Jose Mour­inho said, amid me­dia re­ports of con­tin­ued in­ter­est in the 26-year-old by teams in­clud­ing Span­ish cham­pi­ons Real Madrid.

In six years at United, De Gea has played 269 matches and won seven ti­tles with his eye-catch­ing dis­plays gain­ing in­ter­est from clubs across Eu­rope.

Mour­inho said United were open to a move for the keeper but clubs had with­drew their in­ter­est.

“I can guar­an­tee that he is not go­ing this sea­son,” Mour­inho said.

“My feel­ing is it will very dif­fi­cult for him to go. He is a very hon­est, straight boy. He was con­tacted for a long time, the club was closed and then we opened. I al­ways have this feel­ing when a player has a de­sire to go, then I don’t like to stop play­ers ...

“So we opened it and then they de­cided to close it. I see him re­ally happy, fo­cused, work­ing bet­ter than ever and 100 per­cent he stays with us.”

United play­maker An­der Her­rera stressed the im­por­tance of his Span­ish team­mate, whose dead­line­day deal with Real Madrid col­lapsed in the 2015 sum­mer win­dow.

“If you lose the top three in any po­si­tion, like David is... it is a great loss,” Her­rera told Bri­tish me­dia.

“We don’t want to lose them... for me, he’s the best in the world, so I want to keep him here at United.

“He is a goal­keeper who can give you points.

“That is very im­por­tant. I want to keep him here, to play with him, be­cause he’s a fan­tas­tic keeper and also my friend, and I think you can see he’s very fo­cused on Manch­ester United.” – Reuters

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