Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is convinced that David de Gea is settled at the club after much talk over his future last summer.
The Spanish shot-stopper was influential again at the weekend, as he played a crucial role in his side’s 2-1 win over Everton in their FA Cup semi-final.
With United now having a chance to win their first piece of silverware since 2013, Herrera is confident about the future and lavished praise on his compatriot.
“He [De Gea] is the number one keeper in the world,” he said, as reported by The Daily Mail. “In England you know that but in the rest of the world they think they have better keepers, but I don’t think so. When we win titles or trophies I think he will be more recognised.
“He has a special talent. When you are born with that quality and ability, you are so lucky. The rest of the humans, we have to work more. You have to work harder.
“I think he is very happy in Manchester United. You can see that. If you are not happy in one place you cannot play like that, so it’s easy to say that.
“We can be calm and optimistic, first because he is in a fantastic club and if we start winning trophies, it’s easier to keep world class players.”
That will now be the test for United, as after a disruptive spell since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club must now start to work towards being a regular competitor for trophies both at home and abroad.
While that push could start with the FA Cup this year, it remains to be seen whether or not they will be competing in the Champions League next season as they continue to hunt down a top-four finish.
Aside from keeping players like De Gea at the club, featuring in Europe’s premier competition will also boost their appeal in the transfer market. As a result, it is absolutely crucial that the Red Devils build on their more recent improvements and not only finish this season well, but also take their momentum into next season.
Whether or not Louis van Gaal will still be in charge remains to be seen, but the arrival of a high-profile manager who is given the financial backing of the club will undoubtedly send the right messages to their top players and transfer targets.