David De Gea tweets pride at captaining Manchester United

The Spanish star almost joined Real Madrid less than a month ago, but is now very much back in the club's favour.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has spoken of his joy at wearing the captain's armband for the Premier League giants for the very first time, in a Twitter post following the 3-0 League Cup win over Ipswich.

With captain Wayne Rooney being substituted late in the second half, the armband was passed to De Gea, who looked delighted to take it.

It was some way to draw a line under what has been a peculiar summer for the stopper.

The Spaniard has come back into the fore at Old Trafford with ease after what was a testing summer for him personally, and his club.

Rumours circulated regarding a move to Real Madrid long before an actual transfer set into motion in the late hours of the summer window.

Whatever reason it didn't happen, or more accurately, whosever fault it was, United's ability to hang onto the 24-year-old looks to be as vital as any piece of business made all summer.

His decision to sign a new contract also meant that the club wouldn't be in danger of losing him for nothing in a year's time, and De Gea has already proved his class since his return, catching the eye win a stunning stop against Southampton at the weekend.

Whether De Gea does in fact return to his hometown to play in the next couple of years is  now beside the point. United have one of the world's best goalkeepers a season longer at the very least, and considering his happiness at skippering the club, and his eagerness to rebuild his bridges at the Red Devils, it could be much longer yet.

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