David De Gea.

Why fans are buzzing about De Gea's latest comments

Manchester United goalkeeper and fans’ favourite David De Gea has expressed his desire to enjoy many more seasons at the club.

The Spaniard started his reign as our no.1 when he completed a 2011 transfer from Atletico Madrid and he is about to complete a ninth campaign as a Red, before celebrating his 10-year anniversary in 2021. 

De Gea signed a new long-term contract earlier this season and currently has 394 United appearances to his name, which is only four less than the legendary Peter Schmeichel tallied. 

Once David overtakes the Great Dane – hopefully in the near future – he will move to second on the list of goalkeepers with the most United appearances: 1968 European Cup winner Alex Stepney is still way clear on 539 outings.

While speaking on our exclusive United Hangout with the current goalkeeping union, De Gea looks forward to reaching his decade of service at Old Trafford. 

“Yeah, I am getting older,”
jokes 29-year-old David, when quizzed on the prospect.
“Just to be a part of this club is amazing, so imagine being here for nearly 10 years – it is something like a dream! It is great to play games with this club and I hope I can be here for many more [years].”

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De Gea has recorded 138 clean sheets from his 394 appearances so far and only three United goalkeepers have kept more, in the form of Gary Bailey (138), Stepney (175) and Schmeichel (180).

Prior to this ongoing break from football, David had personally helped the Reds to tally five of nine clean sheets that were earned during an 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions, with his reliable Argentinian team-mate Sergio Romero contributing to the other four. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were riding the crest of a wave and De Gea is confident the team is improving, pointing to the form of Bruno Fernandes as a contributing factor.

“I have seen the whole team improve a lot and we were in a good moment,” says David. “I think we were in top form, we didn't concede many goals and of course with Bruno. He brings a lot of quality, he is a clever player, a top midfielder, the team improves with him and it was a pity that everything stops because we were in a good moment. Hopefully, with some players who were injured, they will be fit when everything starts again so it is going to be a good challenge for everyone.”

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Like the entire United squad, De Gea is currently training from home as part of the ongoing lockdown and he acknowledges this is an unprecedented time. Thankfully, his family and friends in Spain are in good health, and our world-class no.1 is keen for everybody to remain positive.

“Well, it is something special, to be always at home, but right now the most important thing is the health of the people, for me in Spain and in England as well,” he says. “It is a bit strange but we need to keep doing some things at home, keep training to be fit when we get back, but it is a bit strange. 

“Family is very good, so at the moment all of my friends and family are all good. But a lot of people are in a difficult situation with the virus and everything. What is happening now is something unreal, but that is life at the moment and I want to send a strong message for everyone to keep fighting and hopefully this will be finished soon.”

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