The future of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been cast into doubt in recent weeks. The Spanish stopper, arguably the club's best player so far this season, had reportedly not spoken to the Dutchman for weeks. That was the line coming from Spanish paper Diario AS this week, who claimed the pair did not see eye-to-eye.
That has now been denied by the player himself.
De Gea told the Manchester United website ahead of the weekend tie against Sunderland at Old Trafford that the story is 'a lie' and that he is perfectly happy at the club:
"Everything that has been written in the press about us not getting on is a lie. We both want the best for the club and the team, and the stories are complete lies.
"I think this is the best period of my career. I am playing the best football that I’ve ever played.
"I’m really enjoying it at the moment and I’m just trying to improve with every training session and every game that goes by, giving 100 per cent and concentrating to the maximum. That’s the way I want to continue."
The rumour mill has churned for months regarding De Gea. His contract expires in 2016 and with Real Madrid looking for a replacement for veteran Iker Casillas, his fellow Spaniard fits the bill. The same report from AS suggested that De Gea was the first option for Real when it came to replacing Casillas at the end of his illustrious career.
A fellow Madridista, it is easy to see why Real would want De Gea as the replacement, with the signing of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes in January only exacerbating rumours of a potential De Gea exit.
But it seems that, for now at least, De Gea only has his eyes set on continuing to impress with Manchester United.