De Gea: Speculation is disrespect

Manchester United’s David De Gea believes speculation over Real Madrid is disrespectful, as he looks ahead to Euro 2016 with Spain.

De Gea was 12 months ago close to Santiago Bernabeu and reports in Spain on Friday say Los Blancos are again interested, but the goalkeeper is encouraged at the prospect of working under Jose Mourinho, newly-installed at Old Trafford.

“There’s a lot of talk even though not a lot is known. I understand how it is, but it seems to me a lack of respect when [it’s as if what’s said] is out of my mouth,” he told Marca.

“I have three more years at United and my hope is to keep winning trophies. To talk about Mourinho is talk about a winner, and that is United’s philosophy and mine.

“Clearly not being in the Champions League is a blow but we won the FA Cup after 12 years and three without any trophies. That’s a very important trophy for the fans. It’s a step to winning major trophies again.”

De Gea also has silverware in mind internationally as he is part of the Spain squad to go to France and hopes to beat Iker Casillas to a starting place.

“I hope so, as I expect everyone in the squad hopes to start. I’m ready for what Vicente del Bosque decides and to help the team,” he added.

“Iker has spent his entire life as a captain, first Madrid and then the national team. I respect him for everything he has done in football. He’s an exemplary captain. He’s always helping, encouraging, and giving everything he can.

“My relationship with him is good. He’s an example for everyone, an exemplary captain and so is Sergio Ramos. The national team has two great captains and two examples for everyone.”

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