De Gea drops big hint he is hap­pier be­ing in Eng­land

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED SPECIAL - By AN­THONY JEPSON @ManUt­dMEN

DAVID de Gea has been re­lent­lessly linked with a move to Real Madrid in re­cent sea­sons.

And that sit­u­a­tion is not about to change any time soon.

But the United goal­keeper has hinted he might just pre­fer life in Eng­land over a re­turn to La Liga.

Real have made no se­cret of their de­sire to take the 27-year-old back to his home town af­ter al­most land­ing him in 2015.

But De Gea showed his com­mit­ment to United in the sum­mer de­spite be­ing ‘con­tacted’ again with Mour­inho say­ing in July: “I can guar­an­tee he’s not go­ing this sea­son.

“That I can, and my feel­ing is it will be very dif­fi­cult for him to go. The feel­ing from him is re­ally, re­ally good and I see him re­ally happy and fo­cused and work­ing bet­ter than ever so for me, so 100 per cent he stays with us.”

And De Gea ad­mits he feels val­ued in the Pre­mier League, telling jour­nal­ists while on duty with Spain: “I think that the play­ers who leave Spain are not paid as much at­ten­tion as those who stay in Spain.

“And peo­ple tend to for­get about us a lit­tle. The English cul­ture cares for and loves its play­ers a lot.”

De Gea, who joined United in 2011, is con­tracted un­til 2019 and is cur­rently work­ing along­side an­other Span­ish keeper who has been tipped as an al­ter­na­tive for Real.

The United man is happy to talk up his young Spain team­mate Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga, say­ing: “He is still very young, he has a long ca­reer ahead of him.

“His head is very set­tled but he must keep grow­ing. When train­ing with him, you re­alise his level and that he is a great goal­keeper. I’m young too, we are both here and, with Pepe [Reina], we al­ways ar­rive at the na­tional team with the great­est en­thu­si­asm to help the side.”

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