“Not Confident and Not Worried,” Mourinho on De Gea’s New Contract

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Jose Mourinho says he is “not confident” but “not worried” about the prospect of David de Gea signing a new Manchester United contract.

The Spain international goalkeeper’s deal expires next year, although there is an option of a 12-month extension.

Back in June, it was reported that De Gea had agreed to fresh terms with the club. However, the deal was never announced.

Now, Mourinho has cast doubt on the 27-year-old’s future by admitting he is uncertain talks will reach a positive conclusion.

“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” the United manager told Sky Sports. “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.”

Real Madrid was long linked with De Gea, having failed with an attempt to get him in 2015. And then he signed his latest contract extension.

However, the recent signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea seems to have cooled the interest. It is highly unlikely that the European Champions will renew their efforts to bring De Gea back to Spain.

Recent reports have suggested that Juventus would try to sign him next year, possibly on a free transfer.

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Jose has also denied reports of United re-signing Ibrahimovic. Speaking at a news conference ahead of their match against Everton, he was asked, but simply replied: “No.”

Mourinho could not hide his frustration about issues sustained on international duty. Diogo Dalot and Fellaini and Sanchez have been ruled out of the visit of the Toffees.

“[Lingard’s] almost there. He came from the World Cup with that problem. We thought wrongly the holiday period would bring this to normality and we thought wrongly to start working with the team would improve the situation,” Mourinho told a pre-match news conference.

“Now he’s going back to do the work to try to be 100 per cent and in this moment he’s almost there. Because of the team’s needs, can he help us in the next match? That’s the question we have to answer [on Saturday] or if we wait one more week. He’s almost there.

“In this moment [Sanchez is] struggling because he’s injured. In the Chelsea match his physical condition was not good and then he had to stop and he was not available for Juventus and I believe he is not available again for [Everton].

“So for now [his focus] is to be physically in the big condition. [He] arrived January last season… I don’t think it’s ever easy for a player but this season he had a good start, a good pre-season, started well against Leicester and then he was injured and then he came back and was injured again. I think he needs to be really sharp to play his best game.”

“We play against Newcastle [United] and go into the national team period in a good situation and after two weeks we lost Dalot in Portugal, Fellaini in Belgium, Alexis in Chile, [Scott] McTominay in Scotland,” he said.

“Some of the national teams were very professional with us and sent the players back and we could start the [recovery] process early. But some of them weren’t and they kept the players and we didn’t even know the nature of the injuries, so when the players arrive here two days before Chelsea we had no idea.”

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