We come bringing you good news this lunchtime / breakfast-time (delete as applicable). According to the reputable Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester United have won the battle to keep David de Gea in spite of Real Madrid's continued interest. De Gea is reportedly as enthused as the rest of us at the prospect of José Mourinho, with reporter Álvaro de la Rosa writing the following:
Mourinho has won the battle to keep David de Gea at Manchester United. According to sources close to AS, the Spanish international wants to remain at the English club and - at least for the moment - will not be making the move to Real Madrid. David is very keen to immerse himself in the new project under the leadership of the Portuguese manager who has been in touch with the goalkeeper while on international duty in France.
De la Rosa also reminds us that today is the day that Real Madrid's special de Gea buyout clause expires -- a story that first broke last week. That means they can no longer force United's hand with a set fee, and United have the upper-hand in negotiations once again. So, hurrah: it looks like we can well put this one to bed once and for all. (Or at least for a few days.)