David de Gea’s future at Manchester United had been up in the air as he allowed his contract to run down to the final year; but after finally reaching an agreement with the club, the goalkeeper, who is now set to remain at Old Trafford for six more years, has revealed his desire to captain the Red Devils.
De Gea will put pen to paper on a £375,000-a-week contract when United return from their pre-season tour, and will stay at the club until 2025, killing off months of speculations and rumors linking him to Paris Saint-Germain.
Having had the opportunity to lead the side into games in the past, and being one of the longest serving players in the squad, the Spaniard is one of the leading candidates to become United’s permanent captain- a position he says he would gladly accept.
‘I’ve been captain for some games and, of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge,’ said De Gea.
‘It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to be captain. It’s my ninth season and I feel like one of the most experienced players. I need to show that on the pitch and try to help the young guys know what Manchester United means and that’s important.’
The 28-year-old also admitted that United was lackluster last season after the club finished outside the Champions League spots, and failed to win any silverware.
Several blunders by the goalkeeper at the business end of the campaign saw a cross-section of fans calling for him to be dropped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; but with a positive pre-season thus far- beating Perth Glory, Leeds United and Inter Milan- De Gea expects United to be much better this season.
‘We have to improve a lot,’ added De Gea. ‘We are Manchester United, we need to fight for trophies.
‘When you put on this badge, that’s what it means: fight for everything, give your best and bring the team again to the top.
‘I think this pre-season we’re trying to have more of the ball, to keep the ball, to build from the back and to keep control of the game – things we didn’t have last season.
‘We have to improve a lot on this. We are working really hard this pre-season, and hopefully we can show it in the first game against Chelsea that we have improved a lot from last season.’