De Gea dismisses Real Madrid interest: “I’m very happy at Man United”

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea has dismissed any notion of moving to Real Madrid and said he is very happy at Manchester United.

After his transfer to Madrid collapsed last summer thanks to a fax machine error, Man United were able to tie De Gea down to a new contract and fans were over the moon to see it happened.

This summer is expected to once again see De Gea linked with Madrid but speaking to Spanish radio in France ahead of Euro 2016, the goalkeeper made it abundantly clear how happy he currently is.

On interest from Real Madrid: “I know nothing about Real Madrid wanting to sign me. I’m calm. I’ve three more years at Manchester United.”

On being at Manchester United: “United have given me everything. Now I’m just concentrating on Euro 2016 and to be with the national team.

“I’ve played big games and won titles at United. I’m a more mature player now and prepared for anything.

“I feel like the same kid as I always have. The same calm and the same will to compete and win titles.

“I’m very grateful for Manchester United and I’m very happy there.”

The crucial point for me over whether De Gea is truly happy is whether or not Vicente del Bosque chooses him as his No.1 goalkeeper for Spain at Euro 2016 because the only reason he isn’t first choice already, as far as I’m concerned, is because he doesn’t play in Spain.

If he can achieve that career goal of replacing Iker Casillas this summer, he’ll have everything he needs at this time (apart from his family in Madrid and girlfriend Edurne, but that’s a minor hurdle…) and Jose Mourinho’s arrival makes United one of the most exciting teams to be in next season.

Just like last year, if we manage to hold onto De Gea then it will be one of the most important bits of business we complete and I’m filled with a bit more hope this time around that we can get it done without the help of a dodgy fax machine.

Quotes translated via Jonas Giaevera.

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