It has been reported in recent weeks that, following a failed bid in August 2015, Real Madrid had reignited their interest in the 26-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.
But De Gea, when asked about speculation surrounding a potential move to the Bernabeu, was quick to insist that he was happy at Manchester United.
And Herrera, speaking after Man United’s 3-2 League Cup final win over Southampton, was adamant that the Spaniard would remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.
“David has made two or three crucial saves,” he said. “He is no longer a surprise. For three consecutive seasons, he has been voted the best player of the team, which is not easy for a goalkeeper.
“He has been included for three straight campaigns in the ideal XI of the Premier League and I hope we can have him with us for a long time despite the rumours circulating because he gives us points.”
“He has a good contract here and he is valued a lot by the fans. He is a calm person. He is not anxious or in a hurry to make a change.
“We are winning titles [FA Community Shield, EFL Cup] and that helps. Besides, having come from Atletico, I don’t think that [playing for city rivals Real] would be easy.
“I don’t even consider the possibility that he could leave. I want him to stay for many years and not just because he is my friend, but because there are not many goalkeepers that earn you points like he does.”
This has been an unavoidably strange season for De Gea; the keeper would have grown accustomed to his status as United’s most venerated asset after three years of essentially saving them from complete embarrassment, but the landscape is entirely different under Jose Mourinho.
The League Cup final in itself was a potent case in point: De Gea did his job, producing smart saves from the likes of Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, but that was as far as it went, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again single-handedly writing the headlines. This is indeed a new dynamic for the 26-year-old to digest, but he will know better than most that, finally, United are heading in the right direction, and you sense that he won’t want to abandon the party just yet.