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De Gea plans long United stay

ESPN staff
February 8, 2012
David De Gea has made a string of errors in the Manchester United jersey this season © Getty Images

David De Gea intends to remain at Manchester United for "many years" and is determined to be remembered as one of the club's top goalkeepers.

De Gea, 21, signed for United from Atletico Madrid last summer for £18.9 million, but initially failed to impress at Old Trafford following a number of high-profile errors.

The Spaniard, though, has shown flashes of quality, the most recent of which came at Stamford Bridge on Sunday when he made a fine late stop to deny Chelsea in their 3-3 draw.

De Gea said: "I have every intention of spending many years at Manchester United. I want to go on to become a great United keeper and to earn and deserve respect. I want to help United make history."

Of his transition from La Liga to the Premier League, De Gea said: "I think it is fair to say La Liga and the Premier League are the two best leagues in the world.

"But it's well known the style of play here is rather more physical and, as a goalkeeper, you have to be right on it. You have to be attentive all through the match.

"The players coming at you can shoot from any angle and from distance. You need to be aware you might get a shot from distance at any time.

"Having said that, there's a lot of crosses from the sides, a lot of high balls and aerial play. So you have to be able to get in there and block, interfere and stop shots being taken.

"I knew when I was coming to United this was the style of play. So I was pretty much ready and I was already confident."

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