Jose Mourinho has insisted it is his intention to keep David de Gea away from the clutches of Real Madrid this summer.
De Gea was left out of the side that drew 0-0 with Southampton last night and Mourinho admitted United fans are unlikely to see him play again this season with Joel Pereira pencilled in to face Crystal Palace on Sunday and Sergio Romero primed to play in the Europa League final.
Mourinho though is desperate to hold on to the 26-year-old, who almost made the move to Madrid two years ago, but for a ‘faulty fax machine’ which was blamed for the deal falling through.
When asked when De Gea would next play for United, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I think the first match in pre-season against Los Angeles.
“I hope to play Joel against Crystal Palace. I hope to play Sergio in the final. Hopefully we don’t have problems with these two keepers.
“But David is top in the world and obviously we want to keep the top in the world.
“We have the Argentina national goalkeeper and the Spanish national goalkeeper – two of the best national teams in the world,” added Mourinho . “There is a good tradition of goalkeepers in both countries.
“We have these two guys. They are phenomenal. And I keep saying the Portuguese kid [Pereira] is a very good goalkeeper. So in relation to that, we are in safe gloves.”
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for De Gea again this season as they look for a long-term replacement for Ilker Casillas.
De Gea has two years remaining on his United contract with an option of a further year, but Real are expected to make another move for the player in the coming months.