De Gea focusing on football as contract talk rumbles on

David De Gea insists he is focusing on football and not contract talks as speculation over his Manchester United future intensifies.

Manager Jose Mourinho said before Sunday’s Premier League home game against Everton he is “not confident” that United will tie the Spain goalkeeper down to a new deal.

De Gea’s current deal runs out in the summer – although United do have the option to extend this by a further year – and talks have been ongoing for several months.

The 27-year-old is a reported target of Italian champions Juventus, who beat United in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“The important thing is to focus on football,” De Gea said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“We have a big game against Everton and more important games are coming in the next few months.

“That’s the main thing, not thinking about anything else.

Manchester United v Juventus – UEFA Champions League – Group H – Old Trafford
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) is “not confident” the club will agree a new deal with their star goalkeeper (Martin Rickett/PA)

“It’s very easy to concentrate on where you need to be, partly because we have so many training sessions and matches every three or four days.

“You have to be focused on what is important, which is the team, winning, training well and being in the best shape to give your all.”

De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has since established himself among the world’s best goalkeepers.

He has won the club’s player of the year award in four of the last five seasons and is widely seen as United’s best and most important player.

De Gea had been moments away from joining Real Madrid in 2015, but the move fell through and he signed a deal with United until 2019 with the option to extend it by an extra year.

“It’s been many years, eight seasons at the club,” De Gea said.

“I’m really very happy at the club, I always feel the warmth of the fans and those who work at the club.

“But ultimately the most important thing for the team is concentrating on where we need to be, which is winning games and not thinking about contracts and other things that can distract you.

“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t totally important.

“There’s no time to think of anything other than football.”

United seek to get back to winning ways against Everton after drawing at Chelsea last Saturday and being outclassed by Juventus in the Champions League.

Mourinho’s men begin the weekend in 10th place and nine points adrift of top two Manchester City and Liverpool.

“We had two very intense matches in three days – very, very hard and without many solutions to make changes to the team,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“We have to try to take the positives, we’ve had time to rest because, from Tuesday to Sunday, it’s a good period of rest and I believe that on Sunday the players can be at a really good level.

On Everton, Mourinho added: “Incredible investment… we knew that the club were going to move in that direction so, in the summer, (they had some) incredible investment.

“That’s the level that Everton want to reach, without the pressure that we have because obviously (the) Manchester United name, history and dimension brings a different level of responsibility.

“But I think their conditions are very similar to our conditions, so it’s a difficult match for us but I think, after playing Chelsea and Juventus, the players must be ready for the challenge.”

Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot remain out with injuries suffered during the international break, but Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard could be available.

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