Manchester United star goalkeeper, David De Gea, has insisted that it is a dream to play for the Red Devils, and he is proud to receive the widespread praise for his performances for both club and country, despite being regularly linked with a move to European Champions Real Madrid.
De Gea almost completed the switch to Bernabeu in the summer of 2015, but due to a paperwork mix-up and a faulty fax machine, the move collapsed. This major transfer blunder resulted in the Spaniard pledging his future to the Old Trafford club, as he signed a new four-year contract until 2019.
However, the 26-year-old’s future still remains a subject of speculation, as the La Liga Champions continue to want him to be a part of Zinedine Zidane’s side. However, the Spanish international has insisted that it’s still a dream to play for Manchester United.
“Of course, you feel really proud when people think this about you,” he told MUTV. “It’s really good, but I like to keep my focus, keep working hard and doing my best.
“To be fair, when you are really young, you don’t think about the future too much, you just want to play with your friends. When you get older, you start to dream about being there, about being at a top team, so of course it’s a dream to be at a team like Manchester United.”
De Gea also mentioned how he got into football, and admits that he wasn’t sure when he began to think he could be one of the world’s top goalkeepers.
“It’s difficult. I don’t know. I never thought that when I was young. Maybe when I was 15 or 16 years old, I started feeling better, thinking that I could play at a high level,” he continued. “At the same time, I was also playing tennis and things like that, but I was always better at football. I played some basketball too, but football is what I love.”
The 26-year-old kept a clean sheet as Spain beat Italy 3-0 in their World Cup Qualifier at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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