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Mourinho fears De Gea will reject new Man United deal



Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is “ not confident ” that goalkeeper David De Gea will sign a new contract when his current Old Trafford deal expires .
The 27 – year – old Spain international is now regarded as one of the best keepers in world football , having joined English giants United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 .

He was , however , close to joining Real Madrid before a proposed move to the Bernabeu collapsed in 2015 .

De Gea then signed a renewed contract that will see him stay with United until 2019 , with the option to extend by an extra year .
With former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois signing for Real in pre -season , it looks as if a return to the Spanish capital is no longer an option for De Gea , but he has been linked with a move to Italian club Juventus .

“ I am not confident , ” Mourinho told Sky Sports ahead of United ’ s match against Everton on Sunday when asked about the prospects of De Gea staying at Old Trafford .

“ I am not worried . I am not more than worried . I cannot find the word in English , ” the Portuguese boss added .

“ Let ’ s see what happens . Only the club , David and David’ s people can answer to that . ”

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United have not won the English Premier League title since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Mourinho’ s men are nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City, the reigning champions , heading into this weekend ’ s fixtures .

Mourinho insisted De Gea was the type of player United had to retain if they were to challenge for the title again.

“ My comment is only one : everybody knows how good he is , everybody knows how important he is for Manchester United , ” he said .

“ And if Manchester United wants to be better than it is now and not worse than it is now , obviously that would be very important to keep David. ”

( AFP )