With Manchester United playing so brilliantly at the back this season it’s easy to forget that, a few months ago it seemed for all the world that United’s player of the year would move to Real Madrid.
Rather amazingly to some, he stayed, and now the cool as a cucumber keeper says that he feels completely settled again.
The 25 year old is quoted in The Daily Mail as saying:
‘I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do. I’m really happy now, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, where I feel loved by the fans.’
Manchester United have the meanest defence in The Premier League this season.
And, while we don’t spend too much time speculating about imponderables, we wonder whether the same would be the case had Sergio Romero remained between the sticks.
There is still a prospect that De Gea will be chased by Real Madrid again next summer – we suspect that there is a clear release clause in his contract at Old Trafford.
Even today, The Sun suggests that Real Madrid will trigger his clause next summer.
But the player himself is clear that everyone at Manchester United acted properly throughout the transfer saga:
‘Nobody let me down or disappointed me — these are things that happen. You must look forward, and I am very happy now.
‘The first game I returned, after all that had happened, was impressive,’
‘The way Old Trafford received me, it made the hairs stand up. It’s very difficult to describe what that day was like. I really appreciate it.’
Manchester United fans should simply enjoy the moment in the knowledge that they have one of the best players in the world between the sticks.
Let’s see some of his best moments.