​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out the sale of star goalkeeper David de Gea, claiming that the club's ambitions are to keep hold of their prized assets.

Since joining the Red Devils in 2011, De Gea has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and thus, has attracted the attention of Real Madrid, who were close to signing him in 2015.

​Despite extending his contract then, ​de Gea has always been linked with a move to Madrid. However, Mourinho is of view that selling the Spain international would make no sense since it would undermine the club's ambitions.

As reported by ​Goal, Mourinho said, "Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense."

"If you want to go to that level you have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic and [Paul] Pogba and so on. And don't let our best players go," the Portuguese added.

De Gea has been in excellent form this season and leads the race for the Golden Glove with 15 clean-sheets so far. He will be looking to help his side to a victory when ​they take on struggling Newcastle United on Sunday evening.