Juan Mata sees no reason for Real Madrid target David De Gea to leave Manchester United anytime soon.
De Gea, United’s Player of the Year for the past three seasons, was set to join Real Madrid in 2015, only for his transfer to collapse acrimoniously on deadline day.
And, though speculation continues over the 26-year-old swapping Old Trafford for the Bernabeu this summer, Mata is hopeful his compatriot and teammate will stay put.
“Well, I think he is happy and I think he is obviously committed to the club. He has got a contract,” Mata told PA Sport. “He is obviously more than used to living England, he is happy in Manchester.
“For me, he is great — great person, great player. If not the best goalkeeper in the world, top three for sure.
“He gave us a lot of points during the last seasons, player of the season for the team, and obviously he is happy and I don’t see a reason for him to change. So let’s hope that he can save so many more goals for us.”
De Gea is set to return to the starting line-up at Tottenham on Sunday, when United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Tim Fosu-Mensah through injury.
Marouane Fellaini is suspended and Paul Pogba may miss the match after his father Fassou Antoine passed away.