Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea has denied he has signed with Manchester United, contrary to reports claiming the 20-year-old’s transfer is a done deal. Even United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had confirmed the transfer on Tuesday, but the ‘keeper issued a statement through his attorney, José Bouzas Aragón, on Wednesday dismissing that it was a done deal.
Wonder boy Sergio Aguero’s first ever hat-trick at Atlético helped the club snap a streak of four straight losses in Mallorca, but it wasn’t enough to sidestep the two preliminary rounds of the Europa League as los Rojiblancos finish a disappointing 2010-11 season in seventh place. “It was a bittersweet victory as we were unable to avoid the preliminaries,” said David de Gea afterwards.
Following back-to-back wins over Osasuna and Real Sociedad, Atlético supporters entertained themselves all week long by quietly indulging in daydreams about the possibility of Champions League qualification, however far-fetched they may be. That fairy tale came to a grinding halt on Sunday with two goals by Espanyol striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw.
The reliable radio station Onda Cero reported this afternoon that agent Jorge Mendes had completed a €20m transfer of De Gea to Manchester United. The news broke quickly and within hours Miguel Ángel Gil Marín contacted the radio station to deny the agreement, although he later admitted the goalkeeper’s future is entirely in his own steady hands.
Atlético continued their steady climb up the Primera División ladder on Sunday with an all-around dominant showing over freefalling visitors Real Sociedad. The lively 3-0 victory was los Colchoneros’ second win in a row, and they now trail 5th place by a single point ahead of next weekend’s clash against Espanyol.
Diego Forlán has had little rest this international break, playing the full 90 minutes in both games for Uruguay against Estonia and the Republic of Ireland. Luis Perea had to come on and play for Colombia, whilst David de Gea and Álvaro Domínguez also played the full 90 minutes for Spain U21s.
Atlético finally got their first win of 2011 after five tries to close out the halfway point in sixth place, besting their point total from a year ago by seven. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores shook up the line-up ahead of the clash following a set of sub-par performances by his squad and the untimely injury to Sergio Agüero.
Striker Sergio Aguero suffered a grade I left hamstring injury in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid. The 22-year-old is expected to be out for the next two weeks as he recovers from the strain. He will miss important ties against Mallorca, Real Madrid and Sporting Gijón.
Atlético will reduce the amount of club sponsored events to be attended by David de Gea, following a string of shoddy performances by the young goalkeeper. Club personnel are concerned that David’s role as the new Atleti poster child is starting to detrimentally affect his play, given his observable dip in form.
Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea has once again denied rumours of a deal with Manchester United. The keeper, whose star status never stops soaring, picked up an award today and told AS afterward that he fully intends to stay with Atleti. “I’m very happy at Atlético. I have my people here, it’s my lifetime club and I would like to remain here,” he said.