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Jose believes Real won't deceive him if they restart De Gea pursuit

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect any underhand tactics from his "friends" at Real Madrid amid growing talk of a move for David de Gea.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper is contracted at Old Trafford until at least 2019.

De Gea penned that deal in September 2015 after a much-mooted move to Madrid collapsed in acrimonious circumstances, with talk now building over a renewed bid.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this week said "someone is messing around" when quizzed about the current speculation and Mourinho does not expect those at the club he managed for three years to resort to skulduggery.

"With Mr Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, I can say that we are friends forever. I like them a lot, they like me a lot," he said ahead of today's Watford clash.

"So if at the end of the season I want one of their players or they want one of my players, it is not through the press.

"We will be very, very, very direct, so it is one of the clubs that I am not worried (about)."

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