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De Gea: Move has improved me

David De Gea believes he has matured as a player and person since his move to Manchester United 18 months ago.

Last Updated: 21/03/13 at 09:25 Post Comment

David De Gea: Feels he has improved as a player

David De Gea: Feels he has improved as a player

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The 22-year-old has nailed down the No.1 shirt at Old Trafford in recent months after sharing the role with Anders Lindegaard.

De Gea has endured some difficult times in England, but the former Atletico Madrid man believes his experiences have improved him as a player.

"I've changed a lot in Manchester. I've spent two years in their football culture and it makes you change," De Gea is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"I'm more mature as a person and a player. I'm a very different person from when I arrived in England."

De Gea has been rewarded for his fine form with a call-up to the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France

The keeper, who has yet to win a cap for Spain, has been drafted into the squad as cover for the injured Iker Casillas and he is keen to take his chance to impress coach Vicente Del Bosque.

"This is a special moment for me and a big step in my career," added De Gea.

"I want to enjoy this and learn from my team-mates, who are my and many other people's idols.

"It's a pity Iker Casillas is out. We all know he is our captain and a legend but I'm happy to be here, even if it's because of his injury."

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ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

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f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

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ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

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