An­der backs De Gea to stay at Reds

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DAVID de Gea will face a de­ter­mined and per­sua­sive An­der Her­rera as United look to hold on to their goal­keeper.

There have been re­newed re­ports Real Madrid are not ready to ditch their long-run­ning dream of lur­ing the 26-year-old Spa­niard back to his home city and the Bern­abeu.

The fact United’s No.2 keeper Ser­gio Romero has signed a new four-year Old Traf­ford con­tract to 2021, with the op­tion of an ex­tra 12 months, has fu­elled spec­u­la­tion De Gea is set for Madrid.

Reds boss Jose Mour­inho has also said No.3 stop­per, Joel Pereira, has a bright fu­ture, with the man­ager pre­dict­ing he will be Por­tu­gal’s main man in goal.

But if De Gea, be­low, needs per­suad­ing to stay in Manch­ester then Basque mid­fielder Her­rera is the man.

“I think De Gea will stay,” Her­rera said.

“He’s happy and I know this is go­ing to sound repet­i­tive be­cause I al­ways say the same, but David is one of the few keep­ers who wins you points. I’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing I can to make sure he stays.”

Coun­try­man Juan Mata is also con­fi­dent De Gea will re­main at Old Traf­ford, say­ing: “I think De Gea will stay.”

●● David De Gea

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