Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect any underhand tactics from his “friends” at Real Madrid amid growing talk of a summer move for David de Gea.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this week said “someone is messing around” when quizzed about the current speculation and Mourinho does not expect those at the club he managed for three years to resort to skulduggery.
“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,” the United boss, in charge at the Bernabeu from 2010-2013, 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.”
Asked if he was confident that De Gea, who says he is “very happy” and focused at United, would remain at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: “I have nothing to say, really, because, as I was saying, I am not going to speak about hypothetical things.
“The only thing that is real is that he is my player, I am happy with him.
“I know that he is happy with me and there is nothing else. Absolutely nothing else.”