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De Gea rules out Barcelona move

ESPN staff
March 22, 2013
David De Gea's future at Manchester United has been questioned © PA Photos

Manchester United keeper David De Gea says he would rather return to Madrid than join Barcelona, but insists he is "very well in Manchester" for the time being.

De Gea, who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been heavily linked with Barca in the press recently, following reports goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to depart the Camp Nou.

However, while stating he is going nowhere in the immediate future, the 22-year-old has effectively ruled out any transfer to Barcelona.

He said: "I know things have been said and written but I have a contract. I'm very well in Manchester.

"It is not just my name that appears. At Barca, Valdes is still the keeper and Madrid is my city, one day I'd like to return. But now I hope to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of titles" De Gea is quoted as saying in the Sun.

De Gea also heaped praise on United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, defending the manager's angry response to the team's Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

He said: "Sir Alex is more than a manager. He controls everything in the team. He's a father for all those who come to the club. For that he is the best.

"Sir Alex has a lot of character and on that day he was very angry, although deep down what he felt more was pride for his team.

"We were superior to Madrid and deserved more but there were situations - unfair decisions and we were knocked out.

"Football is like that and in that type of game details leave you knocked out. The expulsion of Nani marked the game and the tie. Without that red card it would be Manchester United in the quarter-finals."

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