In Focus: Retaining De Gea is key to Man United’s long-term ambitions

As reported by The Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is insistent that the club should not be selling their top players like David De Gea at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

The paper report that the Spanish shot-stopper is number one of Madrid’s shortlist of potential goalkeeping signings this summer.

However, Jose Mourinho has poured cold water on a potential deal for Old Trafford favourite, believing selling their best players is a bad strategy if they want to continue signing the biggest and best players around.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, the Man United boss said:

Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense. ‘If you want to go to that level you have top attract the best players like we did with Alexis, Matic and Pogba and so on. And don’t let our best players go.

Can United hold on to the man rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, or are they destined to lose him to the La Liga giants eventually?

How important is he to United?

With 114 clean sheets in 300 matches for Manchester United, De Gea has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world while at Old Trafford and will leave an impressive legacy whenever he does decide to leave the club.

It’s incredibly difficult to find goalkeepers that can produce such a high level of consistency over a long period of time and retaining De Gea should be seen as a big transfer priority over the next few transfer windows.

If United are ever going to challenge for major silverware once again, they need players like De Gea to pledge their long-term future to the club.

He’s become a defensive rock at the club and losing him would undoubtedly cause instability at a critical time in the development of Jose Mourinho’s side.

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