ESPN Pundit Craig Burley has claimed that Jose Mourinho would hand in his resignation, should Manchester United sanction the sale of David de Gea during this summer’s transfer window.
The Spain international has been a long-term target for Real Madrid, and it has been suggested that the European champions could make a fresh attempt to pursue his signature – in the off-season.
Judging by the current form, De Gea is unquestionably United’s only player of a world-class standard, and Burley rightly believes that the Spaniard’s departure would put Mourinho on the brink of leaving Old Trafford.
Speaking on ESPN FC, he said: “I think De Gea will stay. If Man United sell him, Mourinho could walk. He is their best player. They can’t afford to allow him to go to Real Madrid. They don’t need the money.”
There have been plenty of comparisons between De Gea and Bayern’s Manuel Neuer as to who is the best shot-stopper, but the former’s performances have nothing short of sublime this season, especially on the road.
De Gea managed to salvage draws for United with spectacular reflex saves at Liverpool and Southampton, but the best of the lot came at the Emirates, where he pulled off a stupendous double-save off to deny Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez – now at United.
Mourinho has previously stressed the importance of committing key players to longer periods at the club, and United’s hierarchy need to act quick enough in order to reward De Gea for his efforts this term. The Spaniard is currently contracted until June 2019, but with the option of a 12-month extension clause.