Multi-time Manchester United Player of the Year David de Gea has insisted that he remains happy at the English club despite this year’s annual round of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in the goalkeeper, and came within a whisker of securing his signature in 2015, only for a fax issue to famously scupper their plans in the final minutes of transfer deadline day.
Since then, De Gea has been the subject of frequent reports linking him with a move to the Spanish capital, but since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in 2016, it appears as if the Spanish national team’s no.1 has been perfectly content to stay where he is.
“I don’t think (Real president) Florentino Pérez has my number,” he told El Partidazo de Cope in quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News. “I don’t know if I’ll be the goalkeeper at Real Madrid. What I do know is that I’m very happy in Manchester. What I want is to win titles, like every other player. There’s no lacking in winning titles there (United) – we have to improve. We are a big club, we are not here to take second place. We have to improve and make this club great.”
This is exactly the sort of talk that will calm those United fans who get jittery at the mere mention of De Gea and Real Madrid; the former Atletico Madrid ‘keeper is often bombarded with questions about his future whilst on international duty, but these days, he seems perfectly calm and settled in Manchester, and more-than happy to talk up his club’s status as they look to battle for honours both at home and abroad. Not only that, but De Gea has blossomed into arguably the game’s best shotstopper, and United would be loathe to lose him to the Spanish giants whilst in his prime.