Manchester United keeper David de Gea believes his failed transfer to Real Madrid this summer has helped him mature as a player.
De Gea was set for a move to Madrid on the final day of the Spanish transfer window but the deal fell through due to late paperwork.
It was a farcical situation and De Gea was left in limbo but he eventually signed a new contract at Man United.
The Spaniard insisted he wants to put the episode behind him in order to “keep working”.
“I am a guy who likes to put the bad things and difficult times behind me,” De Gea said.
“I had a lot of tough times and I know what it is. We must move forward, working equally and always strong.
“It’s a learning process that gives football hard moments but that make you mature and grow. These are things that you learn in the world of football. You have to keep working and try to improve in every training session.”
“Everyone who works for Manchester respected me, I tried to help and I am very grateful to them.”
De Gea may still leave for Madrid next summer despite the new contract but it was fantastic from United’s point of view to keep him for another year and perhaps his mind will be changed over the course of the campaign. In any case, his new deal will allow United to get a higher fee for him.