Spanish international goalkeeper David De Gea has grown at Manchester United into one of the most renowned players in the world.
Three years ago, however, the 23-year-old was just a very shy yet promising youngster who found it extremely difficult in leaving boyhood club Atletico Madrid.
De Gea came through the youth ranks at the Madrid-based club, joining the club as a 10-year-old and representing Los Rojiblancos from all ages.
His ties and love for the club were never in question, and when Manchester United came calling with a £17.8 million offer in the summer of 2011, the current United number one left for Old Trafford with the support of everyone connected the Vicente Calderon outfit.
The move was tough on David De Gea, and in an interview published by the Spanish newspaper AS, the impressive shot-stopper admitted to shedding some tears after being asked whether he cried upon hearing of his move to the Red Devils.
He responded: “Yes. I had spent the whole of my life at one club and it was difficult for me to leave. But joining Manchester United was a step I had to take, and I know I made the right decision.”
David De Gea has since gone on to make 133 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions, winning the Premier League title in former boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of the club.
After being including in Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad, De Gea finally made his Spanish debut when he replaced Iker Casillas with nine minutes remaining during a recent 2-0 friendly win over El Salvador.