Ander Herrera insists Manchester United must keep David de Gea this summer

Last season served up a pleasant indication of United shifting away from the gloomy days of De Gea being their most important player.

Manchester United and Real Madrid play each other at 10pm (BST) tonight with De Gea expected to be involved.

"But with the development of the market, I was getting the feedback from Mr Woodward and I repeat, the market is very hard".

But ahead of United's International Champions Cup pre-season encounter against Real, on Sunday, Mourinho has delivered an unequivocal message about the 26-year-old's future.

"He is a very honest boy, very straight. So, we opened it and they [Real] made a decision to close".

"I can guarantee that he is not going this season", the manager told the reporters on Saturday. "So I am happy and 100% he stays with us". You have contacts, you have feelings.

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"We've had some very good players move on and some young guys come in".

"If the club has no chance to give me the four players, I like my group and I go with them, but I still have the hope I can have a third player, and maybe a fourth".

Argentina worldwide Sergio Romero is considered the Premier League's best back-up keeper and played all of United's Europa League campaign including the final in Copenhagen. I never felt a desire from him to leave. Woodward and analysing from a distance, it is very hard.

Mourinho said: "Names are hard for me because the players belong to other clubs".

Yesterday Real Madrid full-back Danilo said his final goodbyes to his teammates at the Spanish club's training camp in Los Angeles, according to Spanish news outlet Marca.

"As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player", he added.

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