The nineteen year old starting goalie said that the three-peat English champs have contacted his Spanish side claiming interest in the young Spanish player, but on the other end of the spectrum De Gea realizes that he is still very young and overall he is fairly inexperienced on the top level. Edwin van der Sar is not so young (he’s about twice De Gea’s age) and the Dutchman is still under contract until the end of the 2011 season too.
But here is what De Gea had to say regarding the situation:
All I know is what Atletico have told me – there has been contact between the two clubs. I won’t rule anything out but at the moment, my head is focused on Atletico. For me, [Edwin] Van der Sar has been one of the best in the world in recent years.
De Gea knows that playing first team football is the most important thing in his career and at the young age of nineteen he has plenty of years ahead of him to consider a move to the EPL. The young keeper turned down a move to Wigan last summer probably because of a combination of being happy where he is at in his homeland of Spain and this budding fascination he has with the Red Devils.
Regardless of the reason for turning down Wigan, De Gea still has plenty of work to do before he can claim to be of the calibur that Man U desires. But in 2011 it will be interesting to see who Manchester United chooses to replace the aging wonder, Edwin van der Sar.