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Manchester United star not interest in Barcelona transfer

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, a reported transfer target for Barcelona, claims he would reject the potential advances of the Catalan giants in order to become a success at Old Trafford.

De Gea has been linked with a switch to Barcelona as they scour the market for an eventual replacement for Victor Valdes, who is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of next season.

Valdes has already indicated that he will not extend his stay with Barcelona beyond the terms of his current deal, and the Spaniard has since mentioned as a possible target for Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool.

With Valdes set to leave Barcelona either this summer or next, the Primera Division leaders are reported to have identified De Gea as his possible successor, given his impressive performances for Manchester United in the second half of the season.

De Gea has excelled after he was criticised during the early part of the campaign, with a particularly commanding display against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu enhancing the 22-year-old's credentials.

Although the former Atletico Madrid 'keeper admits a return to his home city in the future is an ambition of his, De Gea has no interest in a transfer to Barcelona - and wants to continue his improvement at Old Trafford.

"I have a contract [at Manchester United] and they are my team. You must do well in every game, not just against Real Madrid, and that is my intention," he told Mundo Deportivo.

"It is always nice to be linked with Barcelona but I am happy in Manchester with one of the best clubs in the world. Each day I am more happy.

"At the moment [I am not thinking of leaving]. I am in a good stage of my career and I hope to continue like this. Barcelona know that they have Victor who is a great goalkeeper and they want to keep him!

"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."

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