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De Gea breaks silence amid Man Utd contract uncertainty

12:05 PM GMT+4 27/10/2018
David de Gea Manchester United 2018-19
The 27-year-old wants to focus on matters on the pitch as opposed to his personal situation away from it, following links with Juventus

David de Gea has said that his focus remains on his on-field performances amid uncertainty over his Manchester United future.

Manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he is not optimistic that the goalkeeper will pen a new deal with the club, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.

The club do retain the right to extending De Gea's deal automatically by another year but that has not stopped transfer links with Juventus, with reports suggesting they'll swoop in to sign the Spaniard on a free.

Despite the speculation over his future, De Gea remains concentrated on what is happening on the field, with United 10th in the Premier League standings, seven points off the European pace after nine matches of the season.

“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football,” he told Sky Sports.

“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that's what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.

“I've been here for many seasons, as we've said. I've been at the club for eight seasons now. I'm very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.”

De Gea has long been touted as a target for Real Madrid, but Los Blancos’ capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer seemed to have put an end to that talk. 

However, the 27-year-old has no problem concentrating on his day job.

“I think it's very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days,” he said.

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

“You don't have time to think about things that aren't as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”

United face Everton on Sunday at Old Trafford as they look for what would be just their second win in eight matches in all competitions.