Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has advised his former club Real Madrid to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper, saying David De Gea will stay at Old Trafford.
De Gea, 27, almost joined Madrid in 2015 and has continued to be linked with a move to the Bernabeu amid uncertainty over the future of Keylor Navas.
But speaking ahead of United's Champions League second leg match against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday, Mourinho told La Sexta that Madrid should look at other options.
"I see him [De Gea] here," he said. "I do not know Real Madrid's intentions but, if I were them, I would think of another player."
Madrid, who almost signed Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January, have also been linked with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.
VÍDEO #laSextaDeportes ▶ Mourinho con @sguasch: "¿De Gea? Si fuera el Real Madrid, pensaría en otro jugador" https://t.co/yUPQ2nCQr4#ChampionsTotal— laSexta|Deportes (@DeporteslaSexta) March 12, 2018
But on Saturday Marca reported that Hajduk Split's Karlo Letica, 21, was being considered as backup for Navas.
Letica's teammate Borja Lopez, a former Sporting Gijon, Monaco and Barca B defender, told the newspaper that the link was not unexpected after Letica kept seven clean sheets in his first eight senior games.
"I am happy for him," he said. "We thought that, given how he is playing, it would not take long to draw attention.
"If not Real Madrid, other big clubs will come for him. He is very young, and had hardly played. He came into the team for the first time due to a suspension for the usual starter, saved a penalty and three one-on-ones.
"Since then, he just keeps improving."
Letica also scored at the weekend when he came up for a corner in added time against NK Istra and headed in to give his team a 3-2 win.
"I showed him it [the Marca story] after the game," Lopez said. "He was happy -- how could he not be? He had just scored a 95th minute winner!
"He is an unusual goalkeeper as he is so big, but also so quick. I see him with a lot of potential.
"He reminds me of [Atletico Madrid's Jan] Oblak for his size, ability in the air and agility. He has the potential to play for a big club in the future, I am sure of that."
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan
Latest Nigeria News
- Sanchez admits to rough start at Man United
- CAF Champions League group draw
- Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann: Future will be decided before World Cup
- Ousmane Dembele needs right attitude to make it at Barcelona - Xavi
- Javi Martinez: Spain boss Julen Lopetegui hasn't explained squad snub to me
- Prosecutor seeks five-year jail for Xabi Alonso over tax fraud
- Manchester United's Luke Shaw being monitored by Everton - sources
- 'Outrageous' dive by Chilean player set to lead to punishment
- Transfer Rater: Hector Bellerin to Manchester United, Nabil Fekir to Arsenal
- Man United discuss song sheets to boost Old Trafford atmosphere at fan forum
- Xabi Alonso tax fraud case: Spanish prosecutors seek five-year sentence
- Usman targets ABU title at GOtv Boxing Night
- Nigerians suffer humiliating defeats at Lagos Squash Classics
- Why I’m the best in the world – Ronaldo
- Mikel doubtful, Etebo out as Moses, Ighalo hit Poland
- I would like to play with Neymar – Pogba
- World Cup squads: Who is on the plane to Russia, and who is in limbo?
- Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo asked about life in China - Luiz Felipe Scolari
- Brazil, PSG doctors in 'total harmony' on Neymar injury - Rodrigo Lasmar
- Starbucks food, sweeteners banned at England team hotel - source
- Transfer Rater: Mohamed Salah to Barcelona, Aaron Ramsey to Manchester United
- Transfer Talk: Chelsea among many interested in Toby Alderweireld
- Ronaldo's 2002 World Cup haircut was a deliberate distraction
- Man United's Luke Shaw can still be among 'best in the world' - Ashley Young
- Lionel Messi trains with Argentina teammates at Manchester City facility
- Putting Ronaldo's form into context
- Messi joins Argentina training ahead of Italy clash
- From non-league to World Cup, Pope dreams of keeping for England
- French Open champions to receive record €2.2m
- Pogba misses France training
- CAF Confederation Cup play-offs draw seeding
- Super Eagles camp abuzz for friendlies against Poland, Serbia
- Four countries weigh diplomatic snub of Russia’s World Cup
- Draw Procedures for Interclubs Group Phase
- Things have to change if trophies are to come, says Benitez
- I always believe nobody is better than me, says Ronaldo
- Facts and figures
- Emam, Fish & Gilberto named Ambassadors for Interclubs
- Total CL & CC official draw: broadcasters list
- Kehinde targets unbreakable Paralympic world record