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De Gea: I’m very grateful to United for trusting in me

David de Gea has revealed his gratitude towards United for trusting in him, with the club offering him a five-year-deal and paying £18m for him when he was just 20-years-old.

“Of course, I am very grateful for the effort they made to buy me and for the support they gave me,” he said. “First Atlético, then United trusted in me. My objective is to be right up there with the best players in the world, that’s what makes me excited, and I’m doing everything I can to achieve that. I am playing at a very high level. I have had one year playing well but I’m still very young. I think that I still have a way to go before I reach the level of the best in the world.”

De Gea has acknowledge that season will be a strange one in the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson but salutes our former manager for the impact he’s had on his career so far.

“It will be very strange because Sir Alex spent 26 years at the same club, but this is football, and all eras must come to an end,” he added. “We are delighted that David Moyes is the new coach as he has the same level of enthusiasm as Sir Alex. I am very proud to have had the privilege of working with Sir Alex, it was a real pleasure. He is the best coach of all time and working with him is something I will be able to tell my children and my grandchildren about. The best advice that he gave me was to simply give my all. He told me to continue with the same mentality I have always had. I owe a lot of my capabilities as a goalkeeper to him.”

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  1. United till I die says:

    Just curious did he give those quotes in English or Spanish?

  2. Ethiopian Red says:

    One of the best in the business. Keep it up lad.

  3. stuart says:

    I wasn’t sure at first when he was making mistakes with crosses i thought he was going to be a bad buy but he’s young and obviously needed time to adjust to the English league.I’m sure Real Madrid will come knocking sooner or later.

  4. AlphaRS says:

    I reckon he’ll be gone in a few years when Real or Barca come knocking.

  5. Dev says:

    He’s an Atletico lad.

    They don’t like both Barca or Real.

  6. WeAreUnited says:

    top 5 keeper in the world at the age of 22

    Buffon, Casillas, Cech, DeGea, Neuer,

  7. TheCANTONA says:

    what with this real and barca thing? this boy is atletico’s through and through. he has no real or barca’s dna in his blood, heck if u can read how delightfull he really was to see atletico won copa del rey at bernabeu. after all more and more spanish players come to play here, in this league. so dont worry this boy is to stay with us for a very long time.

  8. WeAreUnited says:


    exaclty!!! the only way he leaves us is if we mess something with him and start rotating the lad.

    that being said my honets opinion that we will get another 6-7 years out of him and then he’ll leave.

    I hope I’m wrong, but that’s how I see it. until then, enjoy this great keeper½

  9. wayne says:

    he’s already said he want to go back at some point,was born in Madrid good chance he grew up being a Real fan

  10. Koss says:

    As long as spanish economy keeps shiting,i cant degea leaving,he wl beat vds record but not sure he wl beat smichel,dat long throw 4 solskajaer to dril in…

  11. soccerisfootbal says:

    he said one day he’d like to go back to madrid (atletico, not real) because that’s his city. he came through the atletico youth system, and is a fan. there’s no way he would play for real madrid, but with barca, you never know.

  12. Whiteside says:

    At the moment, it’s hard enough to stop non-Spanish players having their heads turned by the big 2 there, but things change over time, already the tax situation has changed making it harder to earn the same net there, and the German league looks set to challenge the Spanish league’s dominance of Europe and their appeal to star players, in a few years when David is in his peak, it may be England is the place to be, we’re still right up there in terms of global appeal and with our league looking set for a period of having several strong, well-matched teams, we may be in position of thinking about who we’d like to sign from Madrid! I hear their number 7 is quite handy!

  13. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Highly doubt he’s a real madrid fan, he may however go back to spain eventually as it’s expected…..

  14. Greek (MU)djahiddin says:

    He has the ability to become one of the all time great keepers and I am not at all sure he will back to Spain as long as he pays regular first team footaball at OT. Piquet’s case was very different. One of the best buys of Sir Alex.

  15. The One says:

    Mighty praise indeed for the greatest club manager of all time. DDG has had a superb season, best keeper in the league by far and certain to become the best in the world, that’s my view!!

  16. The One says:

    ….and anybody who ever doubter DDG need a kick up the butt cos it shows they don’t know shit about football. Every keeper makes mistakes, even the very best, plus, being new, he needed time to adapt to the league. I bet people will be jumping on his back again when he makes mistakes, and he’ll bound to.

  17. The One says:

    …..and he’ll go bak to Madrid, yes, but definitely not to real but to Atletico.

  18. itachi uchiha says:

    he might not go back , you never know. de gea likes United like evra . I have the feeling that will retire at United

  19. KICKINGABLUE says:

    Of course he will go back to barca or madrid at some point – those saying ‘hes an athletico fan he’d never do that’ are totally wrong because he has already stated he’d like to play for real madrid one day.

    I hope we can keep him for a long time first, as for lindagaard i think he will leave within a couple of years… he wants first team and he wont sit on the bench for us all his career… he too good for that.

  20. Rukky says:

    I thind de gea wil honour hs contract with us

  21. Dev says:


    Links please.

    Also, Lindegaard is fucking rubbish. He is welcome to leave. If he really wanted to play for either Madrid or Barca, we wouldn’t have been able to sign him in the first place. Look at leagues with a single or dual dominating team, like Germany or Spain. There are players who only have their sights set on playing for Barca, Real, Bayern etc., THE team to play for in the countries they spend their youth in. They’ll be happy to rot in the reserves or on the bench to fulfill that “dream”. Just look at Sergio Canales. Then there are others like Mata, Silva, who are happy to play for respectable teams outside of Spain.

  22. The One says:

    KICKINGABLUE, NEVER, he never did say that….all he did say is that one day he’d return to Atletico!!


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