After months of speculation regarding Edwin van der Sar’s replacement between the goalposts at Old Trafford, David de Gea’s move from Atletico Madrid has been confirmed by the club this morning. The Spanish Under-21 star has signed a five-year contract at the club and the deal is believed to be worth just shy of £18m.
In an interview with the club’s television station MUTV, de Gea said that he “feels very proud” and that he “can’t wait to start playing here (Old Trafford)”. Despite his age, de Gea feels he has the confidence to succeed at Manchester United: “When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you it obviously very, very happy. I saw their interest as an extra motivation to work even harder to show off my ability.”
United’s interest in de Gea was reported in A Different League’s Manchester United Club Focus as far back as January, in which the goalkeeper was reported to have been earmarked as United’s first-choice target to replace van der Sar once he hung up his gloves.
The deal will be finalised on July 1st and de Gea will join fellow new-signings Phil Jones and Ashley Young’s on the club’s United States tour in a fortnight’s time.
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Macheda wants England stay.
Federico Macheda wants to stay in the Premier League if he is to leave Manchester United on loan for the forthcoming campaign.
The nineteen-year-old Italian had an unsuccessful loan-spell in his homeland with Sampdoria during the second half of last season, where he scored just once in fifteen appearances as il Blucerchiati were embarrassingly relegated from Serie A.
Macheda failed to get any consistency and was mostly limited to substitute appearances, in a loan move that was intended to give him more first-team experience. The striker told Sky Italia that he “wanted to have an experience in Italy but now I want to remain in the Premier League.”
With Danny Welbeck returning to the club after a successful loan spell with Sunderland and Michael Owen having signed a year’s extension at the club, Macheda could find his chances limited even if United sell Dimitar Berbatov – as is widely expected.
The Italian striker has made a great impression as an impact substitute but hasn’t fared well whenever he’s started for United, and with his contract due to expire in 2013 this season could be his last chance to carve himself a future at Manchester United – either at Old Trafford or out on loan.