Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has told Jose Mourinho he is ready to stay at Old Trafford next season, despite recurrent reports linking him with Real Madrid. The Spain international says he is looking forward to working under new boss Mourinho, as he is convinced the former Chelsea tactician will bring a winning mentality to the club and start a new era of success at the Premier League giants.
The 25-year-old custodian was on the verge of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu during last summer's transfer window after United and Real agreed his transfer on deadline day – with Costa Rica international Keylor Navas expected to make the move in the opposite direction as a makeweight. However, the deal collapsed after paperwork failed to arrive at La Liga headquarters on time and De Gea, just days later, signed a new four-year deal with the Red Devils.
However, reports in Spain in recent months have suggested Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to renew his attempts to lure the player to the Champions League winners, despite Navas's fine performances this term. It has been claimed De Gea is keen on a return to La Liga, with AS recently reporting he has a €50m (£38.6m, $55.8m) release clause that expires on 15 June.
The Real Madrid president did little to diminish speculation earlier this week, failing to rule out signing the United keeper should Zinedine Zidane demand his arrival.
AS claimed on Friday morning that the Real Madrid president sees signing De Gea as a moral obligation after a personal promise he made to the player last year. But De Gea has seemingly closed the door to that move in an interview with Marca.
"People talk a lot and they know little," the United keeper said when asked about his intentions of leaving United. "I know how all this works, but what I think is disrespectful is when people start making out that it's something I have said. I've got three more years on my contract with United and the desire to win more titles here."
One of the reasons De Gea was reportedly eager to leave United last summer was his relationship with former manager Louis van Gaal. Yet De Gea suggests that the new boss is key to him staying.
"Talk about Jose Mourinho and you're talking about a winner," De Gea added. "Winning is United's, Jose's and my philosophy. We can make a great team and I welcome him."
De Gea admitted being disappointed at failure to secure Champions League football for next season. However, that blow is not a reason for him to leave.
"When it comes to United, if you don't win everything, it's not good enough," admitted De Gea. "Failing to qualify for the Champions League has been a blow but we won the FA Cup after 12 years to end three seasons without any title. This FA Cup is important for the club, it's important for the fans and it's an important step towards winning major titles again."