'I don't see myself leaving Manchester United'


One of Manchester United's longest-serving stars has revealed he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford, despite being linked with an exit from the club a number of times in the past.

With United set to take on Atletico Madrid in a UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie in Spain on Wednesday night, goalkeeper David de Gea has opened up about his situation at the Red Devils amid the visit to his old club.

The Madrid-born star came through Los Rojiblancos' youth ranks and was promoted to the first team in the 2009/10 season, before making the switch to the Premier League giants in 2011.

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Now aged 31, the shot-stopper, who has been linked with exits from United a few times over the years – most notably with Atletico's city rivals Real Madrid– is set to face Diego Simeone's side for the first time since his departure more than a decade ago, but he now considers himself a Manchester native.

"I like the fact I was born in Madrid, but at the end of the day, it's just a city," he told UEFA.com.

"Now I feel as if I'm from Manchester; I just feel like anyone else from Manchester. Where you are loved and welcomed is your home. 

"I've been here for many years and, obviously, anything can happen in life, in the world of football, but honestly I don't see myself away from Manchester United."

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With the Spaniard having made more than 470 appearances for the Red Devils, his contract is set to expire in June 2023, but United have an option to extend it by another year.

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