Jose Mourinho warns Real Madrid to “think about another player” in bid to deter them from swooping for David De Gea

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned Real Madrid about the availability of goalkeeper David De Gea. The Spanish goalkeeper nearly completed a deadline day move in the summer of 2015 but late paperwork scuppered the deal. It has been speculated that the Spanish giants, who have fallen a long way in La Liga this season would be back for the 27-year-old ahead of every transfer window opening but nothing has ever materialised.

De Gea has 18-months remaining on his current Manchester United contract, although there is an option to extend that contract by a further 12-months. Speculation has suggested that United are in negotiations with De Gea for a new bumper contract for the Spaniard, which could be something Mourinho has in effect confirmed by suggesting Real Madrid look elsewhere as the Portuguese manager “sees him here”, meaning in Manchester. Sky Sports, reporting the quotes given to Spanish source La Sexta, quoted Mourinho as saying:

“I see him here – I don’t know what the intentions are of Real Madrid but they should think about another player.”

De Gea is expected to be back in action for United at Old Trafford this evening, three days after last playing at the Theatre of Dreams when United beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Premier League. The UEFA Champions League clash with Sevilla is the second leg in the round of 16 stage in the competition and after a 0-0 draw in Spain three weeks ago, United will be seeking a great result to put them in the draw for the quarter-finals on the elite European competition on Friday.

Speaking about Sevilla, the team that did not lose at home or away in the Champions League against Liverpool this season, showing just how good they are, despite recent defeats in La Liga, Mourinho stated:

“We are playing against a team that did not lose against Liverpool home or away.

“They scored goals in Liverpool and drew the match and I say Liverpool because they are an example of a very good team.”

Mourinho, also responding when asked if Manchester United were contenders in the Champions League this season, stated:

“Not yet. But when a team reaches the last eight anything is possible.”

It really is great news about De Gea though. It suggests that the new contract for the player could be much further forward than has already been reported with the 27-year-old being the standout player for the club this season, keeping 15 clean sheets in the Premier League and performing nearly 100 saves in the league alone. De Gea won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for three seasons running post-Sir Alex Ferguson, which commenced with him being the first goalkeeper to win the award, then the only player to win it three times.

If De Gea did leave the Old Trafford club, it would be a big loss for United and something that could set them back a few years, especially in the fact United failed to successfully replace Peter Schmeichel when he left the club at the end of the treble-winning season, finding a competent replacement in Edwin van der Sar in 2005. The Dutchman left United at the end of the 2010/11 season, with De Gea coming in that summer.

The Spanish number one had a tough time in his first season at the Theatre of Dreams and with Ferguson refusing to drop the player after some questionable performances, that belief in him started to come through the following season with De Gea improving year on year. Real Madrid may want David De Gea but you can’t always get what you want. As Mourinho has stated, he sees him at Manchester United and feels that Real Madrid should find another target.

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