De Gea not interested in leaving Man Utd for Barcelona

David De Gea has ruled out the possibility of leaving Manchester United for Barcelona, ESPN has reported, with the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper insisting he is happy with the Premier League leaders.

Speculation has linked De Gea with a move to the Catalans, particularly in light of Victor Valdes’ apparent decision to leave the Nou Camp in the near future. But De Gea insists he is not looking to replace Valdes at Barcelona, revealing his contentment at life in Manchester, adding that in any case, he is a Madrid native rather than a Catalonian.

I know things have been said and written but I have a contract. I’m very well in Manchester, De Gea said. “It is not just my name that appears. At Barca, Valdes is still the keeper and Madrid is my city, one day I’d like to return. But now I hope to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of titles.

De Gea also praised Sir Alex Ferguson for his influence and leadership at Old Trafford, rating him as the best manager under which he has worked thus far in his career. The 22-year-old said: “ Sir Alex is more than a manager. He controls everything in the team. He’s a father for all those who come to the club. For that he is the best.

Moving to United from Atletico in 2011, De Gea has made 72 appearances for the Red Devils.

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