David de Gea has insisted that he's 'very grateful' to Manchester United after his proposed transfer to Real Madrid collapsed in the summer transfer window.
As reported by The Guardian, the Spain international, who is currently with the national squad ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifying clash against Luxembourg, has admitted that he's had 'a lot of tough times' but is determined to move on.
Following a failed move to the Bernabeu, the 24-year-old penned a new long-term contract at Old Trafford and hasn't looked back since.
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De Gea quickly replaced Sergio Romero between the sticks in Manchester and has been in fine form for Louis van Gaal's side.
The 'keeper has, however, admitted that he has endured a difficult time but has thanked his colleagues in England.
Grateful to United
De Gea told reporters: “I am a guy who likes to put the bad things and difficult times behind me. had a lot of tough times and I know what it is. We must move forward, working equally and always strong.
“It’s a learning process that gives football hard moments but that make you mature and grow. These are things that you learn in the world of football. You have to keep working and try to improve in every training session.
"Everyone who works for Manchester respected me, I tried to help and I am very grateful to them.”
De Gea really can inspire United to success this season. With the shot-stopper between the sticks, the Red Devils are an entirely different prospect.
The Spain star is one of the leading goalkeepers in world football, so could play a huge role in the club's pursuit of silverware this term. United are by no means the finished article, but with De Gea at his brilliant best, the Red Devils can enjoy a successful season under the guidance of Van Gaal.
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