David de Gea is a Spanish footballer who plays in goal. Born in Madrid on 7 November 1990, De Gea had the option of going with the two big Madrid teams – Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. De Gea chose to go with the latter and he joined the youth academy at just 13 years of age. The young goalkeeper was making a lot of noise in the football whispers segment, but Atletico were able to retain their promising star amidst a lot of pressure. He was finally given a professional contract in 2008.
In the following year, Atletico had to resist transfer news about the likes of QPR making a move for the goalkeeper. The debut for De Gea came in September 2009 when he deputised Sergio Asenjo. After a lot of high profile mistakes by Asenjo, De Gea took his place as the regular at Vicente Calderon. Despite being young, De Gea came up with excellent performances in the 2010-11 campaign to once again kick-start the gossip columns.
This time around, De Gea was one of the key transfer targets for Manchester United, who intended to replace Van Der Sar with the young Spaniard. After discussions between Sir Alex Ferguson and De Gea, United made a £22 million offer and signed him against the transfer odds in 2011.
After making his debut for United in the 2011-12 campaign, De Gea made a strong impression with his shot-stopping abilities but he left a lot to be desired in terms of presence in the box. Despite some criticism of Ferguson stuck with the young goalkeeper and he showed a lot of improvement as he settled in the Premier League. The next few years would be a learning curve for the Spaniard, who started dominating the headlines with his stunning saves from the 2014-15 season. Around this time, De Gea was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
In more than 400 appearances for United across all competitions, De Gea has ended up winning the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, and EFL Cup.
David de Gea Transfer Rumours
- From Atletico Madrid to Manchester United for £22 million in 2011
United made De Gea as one of the top transfer targets in 2011 following the retirement of the Van Der Sar. After making the £22 million switch to Old Trafford, De Gea was featuring on a more regular basis at the top level to once again instigate transfer rumours about a return to Spain.
Real Madrid were the club showing interest in De Gea and they were prepared to pay around £40 million services, according to various transfer rumours. United, though, were prepared to put up a fight to retain one of the top goalkeepers in the world. De Gea was even offered a contract that would make him one of the best-paid goalkeepers. This appeared to do the trick, as De Gea still has a contract with United running until 2023.