Jose: We love De Gea and he loves us
Jose Mourinho believes David De Gea’s transfer value is
“zero” – because the Manchester United goalkeeper is not part of the market due to him loving life at Old Trafford.
The irrepressible Spaniard has developed into the world’s best goalkeeper since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, appearing more than 300 times for the Reds to date.
De Gea earned his first Premier League Golden Glove award in 2017/18 - as well as a fourth Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award - and hopes to register a first clean sheet of the new season when the Reds face Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
During the press conference to preview the Premier League match, Mourinho was asked by reporters to comment on De Gea’s value in the current market, in light of other goalkeepers moving for large amounts over the course of this summer.
“He is a Manchester United player and he will as soon as possible sign a new contract,” Jose explained.
“He likes it here, we love him. We want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not on the market the value is zero.
“A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that a goalkeeper earns points and earns titles. A goalkeeper is as important as another player, so the old story of ‘I paid that for a striker, I don't pay that for a keeper’ is old-fashioned in this moment. People understand that and the market too, and I'm happy for them. I'm happy for the keepers.”
When asked if he would swap De Gea for any other goalkeeper in the world, Jose was clear in his response:
“No! That’s the best question and the easiest answer. No.”