MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has rejected speculation that goalkeeper David De Gea will leave Manchester United in the summer.
Keylor Navas’ mistake in Real Madrid’s win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday revived speculation that De Gea could move to the Bernabeu.
But asked at a news conference on Friday whether that could happen, Mourinho said: “No chance.”
De Gea almost moved to Madrid in 2015 before the deal broke down at the last minute.
The 27-year-old was named in this season’s PFA team of the year for the fifth time and is on course to win the Premier League’s Golden Glove award.
Liverpool’s Mo Salah was also named in the team of the year after scoring 43 goals for Liverpool this season and is a player Mourinho knows well after their time together at Chelsea.
The coach, responsible for bringing Egypt star Salah to England from Basel, but again defended himself against accusations he had not trusted the forward’s talent.
“It’s easier for you to say negative things about me and not positive things,” he said. “Everybody knows I bought Salah, I was at Chelsea, he was at Basel and I am responsible for the players I bring to the clubs and he came to the club in my period.
“We played against Basel, he played against me, before I play matches, especially international matches, I spend a lot of time analysing the opposition I don’t know as well, I watch and I told the club to buy that fantastic young player.
“You know that, but you prefer to say negative things and not the positive things — this is the reality.
“He was not playing a lot, and that is my responsibility as a coach, and we decided with him it was better to have a loan period to play, to grow up to become stronger and we thought Italian football could be good for him to develop.
“He went to Fiorentina, after that I left Chelsea and I am not responsible for the process. But just to end as I am not comfortable speaking about a Liverpool player, credit to him, to Jurgen [Klopp], the team, and I am very, very, very happy for him, that’s why we keep a good relationship.
“He is a fantastic boy, he knows I have a great care for him and I’m really happy for the things that are happening for him.”
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.