Manchester United target de Gea wants to stay in Spain

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea has underlined his desire to remain in the Spanish capital for the foreseeable future.

De Gea, 20, is a long-term target for Manchester United and a host of Europe’s top clubs since emerging as one of the most promising goalkeepers in his age category.

The Madrid-born shot-stopper played a vital role in Atletico’s successful Europa League run last season and has already made 51 appearances for the La Liga club.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently highlighted de Gea as a suitable replacement for Edwin van der Sar with the Spaniard believed to be valued at around £15m. However, de Gea -who uprooted Sergio Asenjo as Atletico’s first choice between the posts -wants to remain at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

“I am delighted and very happy at Atletico and would like to stay here,” he said. “It is a tribute that a great team like Manchester United is interested in me. It’s nice, but I have Atletico deep inside me and I would like to stay.”

He continued: “The club has given me everything. This club is great and hopefully beautiful things can happen here. I am very happy here. I have a lifetime here and it is a big club that deserves everything.”

Manchester United are expected to complete a deal to sign Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard within the next few weeks.

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