Manchester United’s former goalkeeping coach, Emilio Alvarez, has opened up on his decision to leave the club and says he ‘wanted to stop coaching’ current number one David de Gea.
Alvarez moved to Manchester in 2016 to work alongside De Gea after previously working with the Spaniard at former side Atletico Madrid, though left Old Trafford in acrimonious circumstances following fall-out regarding the goalkeeper’s record-breaking contract.
De Gea became the highest-paid goalkeeper in world football after signing a new long-term deal with the Red Devils last year, a contract which took several years of negotiations and left many of those closest to the 29-year-old feeling betrayed.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes severed ties with De Gea following the deal and Alvarez felt similarly upset after the goalkeeper’s lawyers took control of negotiations, with United’s former goalkeeping coach now lifting the lid on why he opted to walk away from the club.
“It’s not true that Manchester United relieved me of my duties,” Alvarez told AS. “In fact, once De Gea renewed, United put an offer on the table for me. It was me who asked to meet with the club so I could tell them I wanted to leave the club.
“It was at this meeting they asked me to renew. I told them I was going but not because I wanted to leave United. I wanted to stop coaching De Gea.
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“Aside from being his mentor at Atletico Madrid, where I backed him strongly, I was the person who convinced him to sign for United. I was his right-hand man in Manchester.
“I came to United thanks to the great work of Jorge Mendes and because Mourinho wanted to sign me to help David develop and to keep him at the club. At that moment, he wanted to leave United.
“After almost three years with lots of work and meetings with United to renew him and to make him the best paid player in the world, I learned that he had renewed behind my back. Honestly, it felt like a lack of loyalty.
“During negotiations, he also had a falling out with the person who had carried out all the talks in order for him to be paid what he was paid. At the last minute, someone else meddled. I insisted that I didn’t like that because it seemed disloyal.
“I asked David why he didn’t say anything to me and he said that he was told not to say anything to anybody. This had an impact on me. The way I understand my profession is that you can’t help someone develop if you do not have total confidence with them and that’s why I decided to leave United.”