Jose Mourinho has suggested that Manchester United could find it difficult to hold onto goalkeeper David De Gea, amid rumours that Juventus are interested in signing the talented 27-year-old. De Gea came dangerously close to leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid back in 2015, only for a clerical error to stop the transfer going through. The Spaniard signed a four-year contract later that year, which is set to expire in the summer of 2019.
Few Manchester United players have truly excelled in the post-Ferguson era, but David de Gea is certainly one of them. Having navigated his way through a tricky period at the beginning of his career at Old Trafford, the 27-year-old has been voted Manchester United's ‘Player of the Year' in four of the last five seasons, and is now considered to be one of top goalkeepers in the world today.
Indeed, who knows how well Man United would fared over the last few seasons, were it not for their talismanic ‘keeper. Yet with every period of bad results, rumours of a possible transfer involving de Gea become more frequent.
Jose Mourinho's side have won just one of their last seven matches, losing 1-0 to Juventus in their most recent fixture. Following the match, a rumour began to circulate that Juve were keen to sign De Gea on a free transfer next summer, and ahead of Sunday's fixture with Everton, Mourinho admitted that he is “not confident” that the club will be able to convince the Spaniard to stay.
“I am not confident, but I'm also not worried,” said the Manchester United manager. “I cannot find the word in English, but let's see what happens.
“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
Manchester United host Everton this Sunday at 16:00pm.
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