Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford with many problems to fix, no more so than to persuade David De Gea to stay at the club despite the advances of Real Madrid who were widely expected to once again bid for the new Spain number one, having spectacularly failing to get the deal done on deadline day last summer.
So far all has been quiet from the De Gea camp, with Madrid seemingly not interested in a move this summer, while comments from the player suggest he is happy to remain at Old Trafford as an exciting new era begins under Jose Mourinho.
As reported in The Daily Mirror, Mourinho has pulled a master stroke in order to keep the 25-year-old happy in Manchester by bringing in a familiar face in former Atletico Madrid goalkeeping coach, Emilio Alvarez Blanco to replace Frans Hoek.
Alvarez coached De Gea from a young age at Atletico, and was one of the first coaches to spot the goalkeepers potential.
The Spaniard was third choice keeper at the club but after encouragement from Alvarez, Quique Sanchez-Flores, who was Atletico manager at the time, quickly made the ‘keeper his number one.
De Gea continued to progress under Alvarez’s guidance where he quickly caught the attention of Europe’s top clubs.
It was Manchester United who won the race, signing the keeper for £17.8m in 2011.
Mourinho’s decision to bring in Alvarez will keep De Gea content at Old Trafford, while Manchester United will be hoping Real Madrid don’t come calling once more.
They are doing everything in their power to keep their star player happy.