Jose Mourinho's first team coach at United: Emilio Alvarez. pic.twitter.com/UaXUXor4H8
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Jose Mourinho has brought in some new backroom staff with him, and also hired some new faces – one of which is Emilio Alvarez.
Emilio Alvarez might be a new face to most Manchester United players, but David de Gea will surely remember him from his time at Atletico Madrid.
The new Manchester United goalkeeping coach was once David de Gea’s mentor. Emilio was the man who convinced Atletico Madrid to sign the then 18-year-old shot-stopper in 2009, while he was the club’s goalkeeping coach.
When De Gea was brought to the Spanish capital, he was initially set to be sent out on loan. However, Alvarez convinced the coach to let De Gea remain at the club, and give the young keeper a chance.
Atletico Madrid then brought David up to the first team squad, where he even played in their Europa League final triumph over Fulham.
Since then, David de Gea made the crucial transfer to Manchester United after he was scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson. United signed David de Gea in 2011 for a transfer fee of around £18 million.
Alvarez joining the Manchester United backroom staff as goalkeeping coach is a good sign, that indicates David de Gea is going to stay at the club for the upcoming season.
David de Gea was heavily linked with a transfer to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window of 2015 – but the move never materialized as one of the clubs sent in their paperwork too late, and therefore could not get the transfer done before the deadline.
Reports from the Independent suggest that De Gea would have left Manchester United this season if Dutch manager, Louis Van Gaal, was still in charge of the Red Devils.
But, the Manchester United board decided to sack Louis and appoint Jose Mourinho – who shares the same agent with David, Jorge Mendes.