De Gea denies Barcelona reports

by Michelle Fortune , 22 March 2013

David de Gea wants to stay at Manchester United for a 'long time' despite being linked with a move to Barcelona at the end of the season.

De Gea struggled in his first season at Old Trafford but after holding of the challenge of Anders Lindegaard for the number one jersey, the 22-year-old has played a key role in United's pursuit of a 20th league title.

His improved form has seen him linked with a move to Barcelona as a replacement for Victor Valdes, but the Spaniard insists he does not want to leave United anytime soon.

"I know things have been said and written but I have a contract. I'm very well in Manchester," De Gea is quoted in The Sun.

"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.

"I hope to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of titles."

De Gea has come in for criticism since his move from Atletico Madrid but he has received the public backing of manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he has paid tribute to the Scot for helping him through a difficult period.

"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," he added.

"A footballer has to get used to good and bad words.

"At times things are said that don't make a lot of sense and it is part of the job to know how to live with that. The best thing is to know who you are always."

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