Manchester United star rubbishes Real Madrid link

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has moved to quash speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, insisting he's happy at Old Trafford.

The Spain under-21 shot-stopper only joined United from Atletico Madrid 14 months ago, but he is yet to establish himself as the club's number one.

De Gea has been forced to share playing time with Danish international Anders Lindegaard, and the Spaniard was linked with a return to Spain earlier last week, with La Liga champions Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign the 21-year-old as competition for Iker Casillas.

But De Gea insists he's happy to stay at Manchester United and fight for his first-team place alongside Lindegaard.

"I am happy at United and not thinking about a return to Spain," De Gea told The Sun.

"I've accepted the challenge to learn and improve as a professional. And fighting for my place gives me a bigger incentive to play well."

De Gea started as United beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, cutting the Premier League leaders lead to a single point atop the table.

The Spaniard made a series of solid saves, and had little chance to get to either of Chelsea's goals. But Sir Alex Ferguson seems determined to rotate his goalkeepers, and Lindegaard could come back into the team to face the Blues in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

An own goal by David Luiz, a sharp finish by Robin Van Persie and a winner from Javier Hernandez gave Manchester United all three points, as Chelsea had two men sent off. United face Arsenal next weekend at Old Trafford.

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