David de Gea is happy at Manchester United

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Manchester United star David de Gea has played down speculation linking him with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, reports the Evening Standard.

The goalkeeper, who has been in fine form for the Red Devils so far this season, has insisted that he's happy at Old Trafford, but has admitted that it could take some time for his teammates to adapt to Louis van Gaal's concept. 

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It certainly doesn't appear that United's No.1 will be departing the club anytime soon, as he was quick to dismiss talk of a move back to La Liga. 

De Gea told reporters: "[They are] Just rumours. I'm happy here.

"Starting problems are quite normal under a new coach with a complete new concept,” he continued."

De Gea has, however, insisted that the club must secure Champions League qualification this term after last season's disastrous campaign under former manager David Moyes. 

“That's a process and Van Gaal always says that we will improve, but it takes time. But without a doubt, United have to reach the Champions League again."

Early days 

The 'keeper was the subject of much criticism in his early days at the club and has admitted that it proved a difficult period for him, but he's insisted that he was fully backed by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

He continued by saying: "It was a difficult time but Sir Alex always backed me. He saved me from criticism and was patient until I was ripe for United.

"Today I'm thankful for that [the criticism]. That made me stronger. Goalkeeper is tricky position. Mistakes are human. It's about being up to that. If you make mistakes you will have to improve. Now I'm better."

De Gea's immediate attention, however, will turn to this weekend's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford. The Spaniard has been in fine form throughout this campaign so far, and will be hoping to keep a clean sheet against the table-toppers on Sunday. 

Manchester United will be desperate to secure all three points against the Blues as they go in search of climbing the league table. De Gea, then, will once again have another key role to play for Van Gaal's side. 

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