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David de Gea quashes speculation over Barcelona move

by Tom Parker

David De Gea has once again quashed any rumours linking him with a potential move to Barcelona in the summer.

The 22-year-old Spanish international has had a superb season at Manchester United and rightfully earned his place in the PFA Team of the Year.

His development has been phenomenal and United fans are happy to see him settling down well in the team and speaking to Spanish radio station El LargueroDe Gea insisted he has no plans to leave Manchester despite mounting rumours linking with a move to Barcelona.

“That would be very difficult [leaving Manchester],” De Gea said. “I am very happy [at United]. Things are going really well, better every day. I am very happy.”

It’s fantastic to hear that De Gea is enjoying himself at Old Trafford now. Under Eric Steele, De Gea has blossomed into the best goalkeeper in the league less than 12 months after being called a waste of money by the press. What a turnaround it has been for him.

De Gea also hopes Manchester United can keep a hold of want-away striker Wayne Rooney, after reports began to surface that Rooney had handed in a transfer request following a difficult season which saw him play a bit part role in United’s title winning campaign.

Speculation was rife that the 27-year-old had fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson and the two have enjoyed a chequered relationship following a previous transfer request in 2010.

Many fans saw Rooney’s alleged second transfer request as the final straw with many struggling to forgive the striker for questioning the clubs ambition in 2010.

But De Gea insists he hopes his team-mate stays at United.

“He looks fine to me, happy,” De Gea said. “We do not know if he will go, but we hope he stays. He is a very important player for us.”

De Gea certainly progressed under Ferguson and Eric Steele but admits some uncertainty on his part ahead of a new era at Old Trafford, conceding he isn’t sure what to expect from the 50-year-old Scotsman but expects things to be similar under Moyes’ stewardship.

He continued: “Really, I do not know [about Moyes].

“He did very well at Everton, was there for many years. I believe he will be more or less on the same line as our boss Alex Ferguson.”

There are certainly signs that Moyes will be able to continue in the same fashion that Ferguson did at United and if De Gea  can continue to grow like he did last season, he may well become one of the most important players in Moyes Boyes.

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