Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea recently took time out after training to attend an event at Soloporteros, a shop exclusively for goalkeeping equipment. The Spanish youngster spoke about Atlético’s match against Barcelona this weekend, and of his future at the club.
“The club hasn’t made me an offer,” he said, regarding a new contract. “We’ve been talking about it but there’s nothing to report just yet. I’ve got a contract here and I’m very happy. I’ve said this before, when things go well when you’re in one place, there’s no reason to change.
“I’m very happy and I would like to stay here for a good many years,” De Gea assured fans.
At the event, De Gea was showing off his new goalkeeping gloves. He also had a mould made of his hands, just like Iker Casillas and Victor Valdés before him.
There had been rumours in the recent transfer window that Manchester United were looking to snap up our star keeper, but nothing materialised.
Contract renewals have been handed out left, right and centre over the last few months at Atlético. One player who fans will be relieved to see sign on for another two years is Argentine forward Sergio Agüero, who agreed to stay until 2014 on Monday afternoon.
“For him it’s good that he’s renewed and I’m very pleased about it,” De Gea said. “Kun is a fundamental player in this Atletico team and very important to the club.”
Hopefully the official presentation of El Kun’s new contract will be enough to help the players snap a three game losing streak in all competitions. It will be tough against champions Barcelona on Saturday however, who will be looking for their 16th straight win.
“It [the Camp Nou] is a hard stadium to go to, but a beautiful one too,” De Gea told the assembled press.
“We all know how difficult it’s going to be. Barça are playing at a really high level at the moment, but, we have a team that can beat them. We’re going out there to try and win. Let’s see if we can spring a surprise.”
Agüero’s international teammate and Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi will be lining up against De Gea on Saturday night, and the 20-year-old is under no illusions as to the tough task Atleti face.
“It’s going to be difficult to stop Messi; he’s a real handful. You never know what he’s going to do, and you never expect him to do what he does.
“We’ve just got to concentrate and try to guess what he’s thinking, and hope he has an off day!”