Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that it makes ‘no sense’ to sell David de Gea to one of their European rivals in the future. The Spain international was close to joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, and he continues to be associated with the European champions, who are said to be planning for a potential overhaul of their squad in five months’ time.
Speaking prior to the Newcastle game, Mourinho stressed that United should not even think of offloading their star players as they remain pertinent to their aim of lifting silverware for many years to come, he told reporters h/t The Mail: “Do you think that a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense. If you want to go to that level you have top attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic and [Paul] Pogba and so on. And don’t let our best players go.”
There has been recurrent speculation linking De Gea with a potential switch to the Bernabeu, but the talk has taken a different trend of late with the La Liga holders leaning towards a move for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who is more in favour of returning to Madrid due to personal reasons.
De Gea has on multiple occasions this term, secured points single-handedly for the Red Devils, and his presence remains key to the club’s prospect of ending their Premier League title drought, which has now extended to more than four seasons.