Emilio Alvarez was David De Gea’s mentor since the Atletico Madrid times
“After almost three years with lots of work and meetings with United to renew him [De Gea] and to make him the best-paid player in the world, I learned that he had renewed behind my back,” former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez told Diario AS.
“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. I told them I was going [to leave] but not because I wanted to leave United. I wanted to stop coaching De Gea.
“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 [De Gea’s agent in the past] 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.”
Emilio Alvarez resigned as United’s goalkeeping coach in September 2019, a week after David De Gea signed a new deal with the club.
Source: Diario AS