During a Manchester United video call, number one keeper David de Gea reminded everyone that he wants to remain at Old Trafford for ‘many years’.
De Gea, 29, signed a new four-year contract with United in September and will celebrate 10 years at the club next year, having arrived as a 20-year-old from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He quickly became one of the best keepers in the world but has made some blunders this year and cries for on-loan Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson to take his number one keepers jersey.
Henderson said he would return to United only if he had a chance to compete for the number one spot and current backup Sergio Romero has played extremely well in cup and European matches. Both have put pressure on de Gea.
“Yeah, I’m getting older!” De Gea said on a United Hangout. “Just to be a part of this club is amazing. So imagine, 10 years, it’s like a dream. It’s great to play games with this club, so I hope I can be here more years, many years.”
I think the whole team improved a lot,’ added De Gea. ‘We were in a good moment. I think we were in very good, top form.”
‘We didn’t concede many goals and, of course, with Bruno he brings a lot of quality. He’s a clever player, a top midfielder. The team improved with him and it was a pity that everything stopped because we were in a good moment.
‘But hopefully with some players that were injured will be fit when it all starts again, so it will be a good challenge for everyone.’
United were unbeaten in 11 matches before football’s hiatus in a sequence that featured 2-0 wins over Chelsea and Manchester City, 5-0 drubbings of Club Brugge and LASK Linz in the Europa League, as well as the 6-0 thrashing of Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.