Man United, in response, are confident that the Spaniard will remain at Old Trafford next season after seeing Jose Mourinho clinch Champions League football.
And Mata, speaking to Cadena Ser, has reiterated such sentiments, noting: “I think De Gea will stay.”
Noise surrounding De Gea and Madrid has never fully died down since that night back in September 2015, despite the Spanish champions obviously not actively pursuing the 26-year-old for the whole time.
The most important aspect of this now beleaguered narrative is that very little has come out of the De Gea camp suggesting he is pushing for a move away.
Mourinho’s appointment, furthered by last season’s triumphs, has convinced the Spaniard – a naturally unflustered, composed individual anyway – to feel more relaxed between the sticks at Old Trafford and not determined to escape the proverbial deathtrap of yet another season outside the Champions League.
He was not, somewhat thankfully, United’s standout man last year, but supporters will be nonetheless aware of how important he can be during a late onslaught.