Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has some convincing to do - his girlfriend Edurne Garcia has slammed the city of Manchester in an interview on Spanish TV on Wednesday evening.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, the 29-year-old Spanish singer described Manchester as 'uglier than the back of a fridge' and revealed the only reason she has any affection for it is because her boyfriend plays there.
The Eurovision songstress met De Gea in 2010 when the now-Manchester United stopper was playing for Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.
The pop star has been chosen to represent Spain in this year's contest, and promoting her single Amanecer this week on TV show El Hormiguero, Edurne offended the best part of half a million Mancunians.
"I've been told Manchester is uglier than the back of a fridge," the show's host said to Edurne.
She replied: "It's not very nice, that's for sure. You have to hunt out specific places, the nicer places.
"But even then Spain is nicer. The reason I like it is because David's there. With him being there, everything looks wonderful."
It's not particularly surprising that someone used to the delights of Madrid would be a little skeptical of Manchester's appeal, so if I was a Manchester United fan I wouldn't be overly worried.
It's not very nice, that's for sure. You have to hunt out specific places, the nicer places - Edurne Garcia on the city of Manchester
But for some, with rumours of Real Madrid interest in the Spain international, it will only serve to add to the speculation linking De Gea with an eventual return to his former home city.
De Gea at United
De Gea has flourished to become one of the world's best young goalkeepers, and he's often been described as Manchester United's player of the season this term.
He'll need to be on top form this weekend as United have a crunch fixture against fellow top four contenders Tottenham at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Coming off the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal on Monday night, United will be looking for a better result against north London opposition this time around.