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I don’t want Gea change
David De Gea last night vowed to snub Barcelona and stay at Manchester United. The Red Devils goalkeeper has been linked with a switch to the Nou Camp to replace want-away star Victor Valdes. The Madrid-born star 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.” The 22-year-old has come under huge pressure since joining United in July 2011 but paid tribute to boss Alex Ferguson for helping him to live with the criticism. He added: “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.”
In the same paper, Robin van Persie criticises UEFA for supporting Cuneyt Cakir’s decision to dismiss Nani during United’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid earlier this month. “The worst thing is that UEFA supports him,” the Dutch maestro is quoted. “I really don’t understand it. Why don’t they just be honest and say, ‘He hasn’t seen it?’”
In more transfer speculation, the Daily Mail claims Juventus are weighing up a move for Javier Hernandez “as a fall-back option” if a bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is turned down while the Mirror says Anders Lindegaard could leave in the summer in pursuit of more first team football.
Many of today's papers also feature news that Wilfried Zaha scored for the England under-21s during a 3-0 win over Romania on Thursday night.