Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has promised David De Gea that the club will have a discussion about his future in the summer, but has reportedly told the goalkeeper to keep his focus solely on his current club until the end of the season.
De Gea has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid, and the rumors appear to have turned the head of the Spanish no. 1, and the officials at the club are said to be unhappy with his focus.
The La Liga giants are determined to bring the shot stopper back to his hometown, and are willing to pay United in the region of £60 million to sign him – a world record amount for a goalkeeper that would smash the previous record of £32 million that Juventus paid Parma to sign Gianluigi Buffon.
The Red Devils have the freedom to hold out for as much as they want for De Gea. After Real Madrid’s attempt to sign the goalkeeper on deadline day in 2015 failed at the last second due to a faulty fax machine, he signed a new contract with United, that would see him remain at the club till at least 2020. The new contract did not contain a buy-out clause, which is why De Gea’s value is completely in his Premier League club’s hands.
Jose Mourinho is determined to bring Champions League football back to the Theatre of Dreams, but faces a close race to do so. United are currently fifth in the league table, and are struggling to get into the top 4.
They face Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in their last four league games, and the only chance of them qualifying by virtue of position in the league would be for them to win every game left, and hope either Manchester City or Liverpool slip up.
The other way into Europe’s elite competition is through the back door of the Europa League. The Old Trafford outfit are currently in the semi-finals of the competition, and would need to win the competition to be guaranteed a place in next year’s Champions League.
Hence, Mourinho would need his main goalkeeper to have his mind fully set on achieving United’s ambitions before he starts thinking of a move to Spain.
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
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