The rumours surrounding a possible move to Real Madrid have never gone away for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and as he shows more and more of his talent, they seem to come back with a vengeance.
However, in a big boost for Manchester United, the player has come out and made it clear he is happy – and does not wish to leave the club he has been at for seven years – and that being a key member of the dressing room is important to him – something Jose Mourinho may take into account when naming his next captain once Michael Carrick retires come the summer.
He spoke with the Daily Star Sunday, saying: “I don’t think it’s ever good to discuss the future or what may happen.
“Only the present, feeling well, playing well and helping United is important.”
“Time flies by so quickly. I’ve been here seven years and I am happy.
“A lot has happened to me – some very good, some not so good, – but to be honest I am just really happy.
“I feel like an important player in the dressing room. I am one of the oldest in the team.
“It makes me happy to see the younger players coming through – and trying to make United big.”
The other big option for Real Madrid seems to be turning to Thibaut Courtois, who has often spoken of his desire to return to Madrid, where his ex partner and children are based, and it could well be the case if Chelsea fail to get into the top four come May that he looks for a move.
Real Madrid may well finish the season without a trophy, and that will mean big spending at the club – with Keylor Navas still not convincing some sections of the fans and the president – despite being key in their Champions League wins.
Of course, if Courtois did leave for Madrid, it would be a huge boost to United, who would then naturally feel as though they would be in a position to keep the world’s best keeper for the best years of his career.