Joining Manchester United was a dream come true for David de Gea, the world-class Spanish goalkeeper has revealed.
De Gea, perenially linked with a move away to Real Madrid, opened up his 2011 record-breaking move to the club from Atletico Madrid.
The 26-year-old said he believes that a move to Man United is a dream for any young footballer.
“I think for any player, any young kid, it is a dream to come and play for Manchester United,” de Gea said.
“Probably because of the history of the club and the players that have come through this particular club in the past, making it one of the best in the world.
“As I said, any child will always grow up wanting to play for this team.”
De Gea infamously had a tricky start to life at United, struggling to even be first-choice at the club, frequently rotated or dropped for Anders Lindegaard by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Now, though, he is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest goalkeepers, and perhaps even the best in the world. His only rival is Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
Real Madrid initially went in for De Gea in 2015, and their interest has cooled only slightly since. But Manchester United reportedly believe their goalkeeper is content at the club and enjoying life in Manchester more than in previous seasons.
There are hopes De Gea will soon sign a new contract at the club with his current deal expiring in 2019.