De Gea drops big hint he is happier being in England
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.”