Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insisted that the club have the best fans in the world after he collected the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
As reported by the club's official site, De Gea, who has been outstanding between the sticks throughout the course of the campaign, claimed that he's pleased with his progress, but is constantly looking to improve.
As well as securing the Player of the Year award, the goalkeeper also picked up the Players' Player of the Year accolade after playing such a huge role in helping the club achieve qualification for next year's Champions League competition.
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De Gea, of course, has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford of late, with Spanish giants Real Madrid hoping to take him back to Spain, but the goalkeeper was fully focussed on his current club at last night's event.
Best fans in the world
Speaking at the ceremony, the 'keeper stated: "Like the boss said before we have the best fans in the world and I want to say thank you to everyone. They are always behind us and travel everywhere - it’s fantastic for us.
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"I am young and I try to improve in every training session and every game. Everyone always wants to improve and I think I have improved a lot."
Unsurprisingly, Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal directly handed the goalkeeper praise, claiming that he's very proud of the club's No.1 shot-stopper.
Van Gaal stated: "I’m very proud of you. You have developed yourself more than any other player at Manchester United.
"I agree with the voice of the fans. Congratulations you deserve it."
Time to move on
Ok, so United fans won't like it, but perhaps it's time for David de Gea to leave the club. Of course, at Old Trafford, he has incredible support and is worshiped, but you can hardly blame him for wanting to move back to Madrid with his family.
And, despite his remarkable season between the sticks, there's no reason why United won't be able to move on and actually get even better next season.
United should hand the No.1 spot to Spaniard Victor Valdes and then invest in the rest of the team. At the end of the day, if the club go about finding a greater balance to the side, then they may not have to rely on their goalkeeper half as much as next term - whoever that may be.
And Valdes, despite approaching the latter stages of his career, will make a fine shot-stopper for the club, and has the experience and class to prove himself at the Theatre of Dreams over the next couple of years.
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