Transfer disappointment at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United face an uphill battle to sign Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea.
De Gea is regarded as one of the best keepers in Europe and has been strongly tipped to replace Edwin Van Der Sar as United’s next keeper.
The Spanish international has been outstanding in La Liga and is hoping to make his breakthrough into the national side.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring the progress of De Gea, and although the talented keeper is flattered by all the speculation, he is not seeking a move from Atletico Madrid.
De Gea said: “Yes, it is nice, but I am very happy here. I have come through from Atletico B and it would be very difficult for me to leave.”
De Gea is determined to force his way into the Spain side and admits he is already dreaming about representing his country at the World Cup in South America in 2014.
De Gea added: “I will work to get there, The truth is that I envy them because the work they have done is incredible. I want to be at the next World Cup.”
David de Gea is undoubtedly one of the best young goalkeepers in the world at the moment – if not the best.
Any news on his future for Manchester United now is unlikely to make much of a difference.
The aim has surely always been to secure a new first choice goalkeeper in the summer when Edwin Van Der Sar retires rather than January.
The recent mixed signals from the young Spaniard have been confusing – in December he said the following:
‘I know Sir Alex Ferguson already has viewed me. After this season we should look at what happens and who wants to talk can come and talk.
‘At Atletico, I owe them everything and I would love to stay, but on the other hand Manchester United is a great club.’
We are only likely to know his future in the summer when the smoke clears.
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