Man United boss urges 27-year-old star to continue his career at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho is confident that David De Gea will still be a Manchester United player next season.

De Gea, 27, has made 305 appearances for the Red Devils since his move from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 but the goalkeeper has consistently been linked with Real Madrid since his rise to the top.

While Madrid came perilously close to signing De Gea ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, the deal collapsed as paperwork was submitted after the summer transfer window had closed.

The La Liga giants are expected to concentrate their efforts on landing either De Gea or Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois at the end of the season.

Asked about Madrid’s interest in De Gea, Mourinho told Spanish outlet La Sexta: ‘I see him here. ‘I do not know Real Madrid’s intentions but, if I were them, I would think of another player.’

De Gea, who has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award four seasons on the bounce, is tied into a deal at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.

The Spaniard signed a four-year contract following Madrid’s failed move back in 2015. United have an option to extend De Gea’s deal for a further year.