Jose Mourinho will be extremely grateful for the administrative snags which caused David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid to fall through at the 11th hour last August, as reports emerge that Manchester United’s goalkeeper is set to pledge his future to the Red Devils.
United’s Spanish international was a whisker away from joining his hometown club last season and although the deal was scuppered, many believed that De Gea would still push through his dream transfer sooner rather than later.
It seems like the axing of Louis van Gaal and subsequent hiring of Mourinho has sensationally swung the pendulum back in United’s favour however.
According to the Sun newspaper, the Red Devils’ player of the last two seasons was set to quit if Van Gaal was allowed to honour the final one of his three-year contract at Old Trafford.
With Mourinho headhunted instead, the Spain keeper’s thinking has apparently been altered.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto manager has supposedly kept a constant dialogue open with De Gea between his appointment and into the Euros, urging his number one to stay and play under him.
A deadline for Real Madrid to activate a reported £47m release clause in the stopper’s contract, inserted after events last summer, is also set to pass this Wednesday.
The freshly-crowned European champions may well have lost the appetite to keep up their tricky pursuit, especially given the recent continental triumphs with Keylor Navas guarding the net very astutely.
This really is fantastic news for Mourinho and all those connected with United, given the incredible levels of performances from their goalkeeper in the past few campaigns.
Despite finishing fifth last term, the FA Cup winners ended the Premier League season with statistically the meanest defence and it’s no secret that De Gea’s heroics in the net were largely responsible.
Mourinho’s chances of capturing a 21st English title for his new employers at the first time of asking, currently rated at 9/2 with Ladbrokes, now seems a far more solid bet with their prized asset staying put.
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