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De Gea keen for United stay

ESPN staff
May 29, 2013
David De Gea has enjoyed a fine season between the sticks for Manchester United © PA Photos

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea insists he is happy at Old Trafford despite speculation linking the stopper with a move back to his native Spain.

De Gea, who moved to United from Atletico Madrid in July 2011, suffered patchy form in his debut season with the club but has since improved to cement his position as first choice between the sticks.

The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive 2012/13 campaign for the champions, which saw him named as part of the Premier League team of the season.

With Victor Valdes issuing a desire to leave Barcelona in the close season, the Liga champions are keeping a close eye on the Madrid-born stopper as a potential replacement.

However, De Gea maintains that he is happy in the North West of England and is looking to see out his contract with the Red Devils.

"I'm happy in Manchester," De Gea declared while on Under-21 duty for Spain. "It has been a very good season, and the longer it goes, the better I'm there. I have a contract and hope to be at United for many years."

De Gea was quick to praise departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson and, despite the Scot's decision to retire, believes United can continue their success under new boss David Moyes.

"We are saddened by the departure of Ferguson," De Gea said. "But in comes another great coach with a different style of play, so we will try to follow along the same lines and with the same tone.

"It's a shame that he [Ferguson] went, he was great. But, now we have a new coach in David Moyes, who we still don't know. We're all waiting to get back there and see how it is with him."

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