Jose Mourinho keen to extend David de Gea’s contract

Vastavam web: Jose Mourinho has indicated that Manchester United will do all they can to extend David de Gea’s contract.The Spain goalkeeper, who almost joined Real Madrid in 2015 and continues to be linked with a move there, has a contract that expires in June 2019, although United have the option to extend it for a further year.The 27-year-old, signed from Atletico Madrid for 18.9 million ( 29.8 million, 22.7 million euros) in June 2011, was United’s players’ player of the year in 2014 and 2015, and Mourinho sees him as a crucial part of the club’s bid to return to the very top of the English and European game.

“We are not going to let the option disappear,” Mourinho said. “A goalkeeper like he is, obviously at a club that wants to get better and better, we are not going to let that year option go away.Asked if contract negotiations with De Gea were under way, Mourinho said: “I don’t know. I just trust the board and the work they do. I don’t negotiate with players, I don’t discuss numbers in contracts, I just say what is obvious, and any of you could say the same, that he is to keep.”

Mourinho, meanwhile, has suggested that he sometimes regrets the verbal confrontations he has with rival managers, while adding that he does not believe that he is always at fault.Conte, for his part, accused the United manager of going senile, with Mourinho responding by referring to the four- month suspension that Chelsea’s manager received in 2012 for failing to report match-fixing while at Siena. The Italian, who was cleared by a court of any wrongdoing in 2016, retorted by calling Mourinho a “little man”.Asked if he enjoyed these verbal battles, Mourinho said: “I don’t enjoy it. I don’t enjoy it.

“When I start (it), I take the responsibilities of that, and I’ve started many times. When I don’t start (it), it’s quite funny for me to see other people on the other side acting like victims when they are not the victims. But really, I don’t enjoy it.”He said: “Sometimes, it’s my fault. Sometimes, it’s the other manager’s fault.”And in my case, when I think it’s my fault and I realise that I should behave in a different way, I’m the first one to apologise, like I did with Ranieri when I had the chance.