David De Gea
About David de Gea
David de Gea was born on 7 November 1990 in Madrid Spain. He plays as a goalkeeper for the Spanish national team and Manchester United, who he joined in 2011.
De Gea’s youth career began at Atletico Madrid in 2003 at the age of 13. He made his debut for the senior side on 30 September 2009 in a Champions League match against FC Porto, aged 18. De Gea became a regular in the senior side in the 2010-11 season, playing in every La Liga match of the campaign. The previous season, de Gea started the Europa League as Ateltico beat Fulham 2-1 in Hamburg. Three months later he started in goal against Inter Milan as Atletico beat Inter Milan 2-1 to win the 2010 UEFA Super Cup.
After the retirement of Edwin van der Sar, De Gea signed for Manchester United on 29 June 2011 for a fee of around £17.8 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the League’s history. He made his competitive debut for the side on 7 August against Manchester City in the Community Shield, which Manchester United won 3-2.
Despite a shaky start to his United career, de Gea firmly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the league, helping United win the 2012-13 Premier League title. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons and was Manchester United’s Player of the Year for 2014 and 2015.
On 31 August 2015, transfer deadline day, United and Real Madrid agreed on a deal to send de Gea to Madrid with Keylor Navas going the other way. The move broke down after paperwork was not sent through on time. The following month, de Gea signed a four-year deal contract extension with Manchester United.
De Gea was part of the Spanish youth sides to win the U17 European Championship in 2007 and the U21 European Championships in 2011 and 2013. He made his debut for the senior side on 4 September 2014 in a friendly against France.