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David De Gea happy to stay at Manchester United because of ‘affection and respect’

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea looks set to evade Real Madrid’s advances once again this summer after quotes from the player whilst playing for Spain in the current internationals gave a hint that the ‘affection and respect’ he receives whilst at the Old Trafford club is not something he notices in Spain.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed De Gea in the summer of 2011 for £17.8 million, signing the Spaniard from Atletico Madrid to replace Edwin van der Sar, who left at the end of the 2010/11 season – leaving some big gloves to full at the club. After a mistake-ridden first season, the confidence shown in the Spaniard paid off with his talent soon starting to emerge.

Since the initial poor performances, De Gea has become a three-time winner of the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, becoming the first goalkeeper to win the award after the 2013/14 season, winning it again the following season (2014/15), then becoming the first player to win a hat-trick of awards in the 2015/16 season.

It is suggested that the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders will attempt, once again, to take De Gea back to the Spanish capital this summer after coming so close to securing the player in the summer of 2015.

De Gea has been linked to a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams but so far nothing solid has emerged from those rumours, which does not mean it is not something the club maybe developing at this current time. Teammate Marcos Rojo signed a new contract recently, months after rumours were first reported in the media.

The 27-year-old has settled at United and after a good season of improvement at United, the player, who is being lauded as the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’, may see it as a crucial thing to carry on earning the plaudits outside of Spain.

De Gea and his Spanish teammates have been readying themselves to face Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid later tonight, gave some quotes to the media, which have given the hint of an Old Trafford stay longer than the end of the current season and possibly his current contract, which is due to expire next summer, unless the further year is added. De Gea said:

“In the end, in England, I have a great affection and respect that I do not notice so much here. But every time I come to the national team I feel fondness inside, and it is the most important thing.”

With the rumoured contract in the works, which will see De Gea, which will probably recognise the fact of his standing as one of, if not the best goalkeeper in world football, it will finally end speculation od De Gea leaving for Real Madrid, seeing United keep one of their best players, which is something the Madrid club will not be happy about.

I guess it will show the lure of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in world football, one of the most supported and perhaps not the most successful team in the game right now but one which is building for a future at the top again. Keeping a player of De Gea’s calibre from the lure of Real Madrid is a massive victory in itself.

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