Jose Mourinho says David De Gea not affected by Real Madrid transfer talk
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 13/04/17 7:37am
Jose Mourinho says Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has not been distracted by renewed talk of a possible move to Real Madrid.
United's season has reached a critical juncture and they will continue their quest for Europa League glory when they face Anderlecht in Belgium on Thursday in the first leg of their quarter-final.
The United line-up could feature back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero instead of first choice De Gea, who missed Sunday's win at Sunderland with a minor injury, only to then travel with the squad to Belgium.
Mourinho insists De Gea remains focused on United, amid speculation over a summer move to the Bernabeu.
"I am not interested in the speculation," said Mourinho.
"I think if the player is [affected by speculation], he shouldn't, because we are playing for very important things and every match for us is crucial.
"In the Premier League, we lose a match and the top four gets almost impossible. If we lose in the Europe League, we are in trouble.
"Every match demands from every one of us total focus.
"I think I don't see David with any problem related to this. End of the season is a time where players can be thinking about what is going to happen with their careers.
"But that is the end of the season."