United ace has his heart in Madrid

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Manchester United new boy David De Gea is thrilled at the prospect of making his bow for the Barclays Premier League champions - but has vowed to one day return to his first love: Atletico Madrid.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper completed his switch to the 19-time league winners in June, having been with Atletico since since he was a small child.

Despite his tender years, De Gea was a regular at the Estadio Vicente Calderón for almost two seasons, with the Spaniard helping his side to victory in the Europa League and the Super Cup.

And, upon making the move to Old Trafford, De Gea penned an emotional letter to El Atleti faithful, claiming he will eventually rejoin his boyhood club.

"It's been just over a week since I signed the contract with my new team," De Gea said.

"It seems like yesterday when I was four years old and I first joined Atletico.


"On the plane I travel to join Manchester United remembering my time with nostalgia, that nostalgia will be my travelling companion for a long time.

"By winning a trophy I leave with a mix of smiles and tears.

"This is what happens to me now, so let tears and smiles come for something new but also be assured that I'll come home someday. Thanks for everything."

De Gea became United's third signing of the transfer window, follow Phil Jones and Ashley Young to Old Trafford.

And, despite having spent over £50 million so far this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to sign a new midfield maestro to fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes.

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