“Well, the pride of playing for United was what really made me happy,” he said. “You know when you come to such a big club you have to keep working hard each day and continue to be happy and hopefully give good performances for the team. Playing for United, one of the greatest clubs in the world, is always a source of pride to me. Every time I pull the shirt on, I’m pulling on the history of the club.”
De Gea moved from Madrid to Manchester but claims he settled in very quickly.
“I settled straight away,” he added. “I’m calm and well adapted now, it’s all going great and I really enjoy Manchester. What stands out is the respect that people have here. I can go anywhere and people may know me but they give me my space. I think that’s a very good thing.”
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