Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea recently stated he has no intention of leaving the Red Devils before 2019 - the year his contract expires.
The Spaniard came close to a transfer to Real Madrid during the summer before the deal collapsed right before the transfer window closed. He was then dropped by manager Louis van Gaal at the start of the season, the Dutchman instead opting for Argentina international Sergio Romero.
Since then, De Gea has proved a key component of the squad, with his stunning reflexes and distribution coming to the fore throughout the season.
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Still, his contract extension carries a release clause that could allow him to make the move to the Spanish capital should he decide that his future does indeed lie with Madrid.
However, much to the pleasure of United fans, in an interview with ESPN Deportes' Fuera de Juego the Spain international expressed his happiness playing at Old Trafford.
He said: "I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do. I'm really happy now, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, where I feel loved by the fans.
"Nobody let me down or disappointed me - these are things that happen. You must look forward, and I am very happy now."
De Gea also defended Van Gaal, whom many people believe to be the source of all the tension arising in the United dressing room. He said the Dutchman is "a surprise source of laughter" at the club.
"He is a good person," the Spain international continued. "You can talk with him about anything you want, and face to face he is sincere.
"We have a normal relationship between a coach and player. We both want what is best for the club."
De Gea also said he was amazed at the amount of chants and cheers he received when he came back for United in the team's 3-1 win over rivals Liverpool.
"The first game I returned, after all that had happened, was impressive," he said.
"The way Old Trafford received me, it made the hairs stand up. It's very difficult to describe what that day was like. I really appreciate it."
United currently sit two points behind leaders Manchester City and Arsenal in the Premier League, whilst leading the way in their Champions League group with seven points.
The goalkeeper has been stellar, but the team must improve going forward if they're to muster a genuine title bid and match the Spaniard's heroics in goal.
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