'I'm very happy in Manchester' - De Gea dismisses United exit rumors

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Posted Thursday, March 21, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has reaffirmed his commitment to the Red Devils despite speculation linking him with a move back to Spain.

The 22-year-old endured a torrid start to life in England and struggled to hold down a regular starting place after a number of errors, but has since become the undisputed first-choice shot-stopper at Old Trafford.

His fine form has seen him linked with a return to La Liga, with rumors suggesting he could replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona, but De Gea has dismissed such speculation by insisting he is "very happy" playing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

“For the time being it's Victor, and it will be difficult that he leaves," De Gea told Onda Cero. "I am very happy in Manchester and it will be my club for many years.”

The Madrid-born goalkeeper came through the academy at Atletico Madrid and admitted he would like to return to the club sometime in the future - though his sole focus for now is playing well for United.

"I'm very happy in Manchester and I have a contract," De Gea continued.

"But with the passage of time returning home is nice. I would always like to return because the love that they gave me there was special."

De Gea is currently on international duty with Spain, which plays against Finland on Friday night, and would make his debut for La Roja if he is picked ahead of Valdes and Pepe Reina.

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