Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, has said that he does not expect Real Madrid to try and lure David De Gea in the summer, because they are his “friends”.
The 26-year-old almost sealed a transfer to Madrid in 2015, but the move collapsed at the last minute and De Gea signed a new deal until 2019 to stay at Old Trafford.
However, there have been fresh speculations linking the Spain goalkeeper with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of this season.
“With Mr Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, they are some of the people in football that I can say that I didn’t work for them and it is over,” Mourinho, who in charge at Madrid until 2013, said.
“I can say that we are friends forever, big friends. I like them a lot, they like me a lot. We are friends and friends speak – not every day because they have their life and I have my life.
“But friends speak, friends are open, friends don’t hide things, friends are honest.
“So if at the end of the season I want one of their players or they want one of my players, it is not through the press that we are going to change messages or are going to send noises.
“We will be very, very, very direct, so it is one of the clubs that I am not worried [about] at all because we are friends.
“And if something has to happen, it will happen between us and not with you, so it’s the kind of club I am really cool with.”