Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that David de Gea will sign a new long-term contract with the club. The Spaniard has often been the subject of interest from Real Madrid, and the La Liga club famously came close to signing him on deadline day in 2015, but the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is now happy to commit his future to the club that he signed for in 2011.
“He is a Manchester United player and he will as soon as possible sign a new contract,” said Mourinho before United’s weekend defeat to Brighton.
“A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that a goalkeeper earns points and earns titles. A goalkeeper is as important as another player, so the old story of ‘I paid that for a striker, I don’t pay that for a keeper’ is old-fashioned in this moment. People understand that and the market too, and I’m happy for them. I’m happy for the keepers.”
When asked if Mourinho would swap De Gea for any other goalkeeper in the world, the Portuguese offered a comfortingly emphatic response: “No! That’s the best question and the easiest answer. No.”
Admittedly, after the Spaniard signed his new deal after his move to Real fell through, there hasn’t been much of an indication that he would leave Old Trafford. Having had an uneasy relationship with Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s arrival in 2016 seems to have solidified De Gea’s desire to stay at United for the long term, which is certainly a significant coup given that he has developed into the game’s best shotstopper since moving to England seven years ago.
Given that there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the futures of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial this summer, the fact that Dr Gea appears to be going nowhere is a significant coup for the club.