Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes he is currently ‘in one of the best shapes of his career’ and feels he has plenty more in the tank.
The 31-year-old has been at the Reds for over 10 years since being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2011.
The Spanish international is set for a reunion with his former side in the Champions League last-16, following yesterday’s UEFA re-draw.
It will be the first time that de Gea faces the team he came through the academy at, since joining United, and he has already reacted to that prospect.
With back-to-back Premier League clean sheets to his name, the last of which being his 200th career clean sheet, de Gea’s confidence and belief is soaring once again.
Following a sustained lull in form, United’s number one has been back to the peak of his powers since the start of this season, and is once again winning points for United single-handily.
Speaking to the club’s official website about being at Old Trafford for over a decade, de Gea said: “It’s been a long time but, hopefully, there are more years to come and more trophies to come.
“More good moments to live. So what can I say? I’m massively proud of what I did for this club and to play for this badge. It’s amazing.”
With the legendary Gianluigi Buffon still playing at the age of 43, de Gea, 12 years Buffon’s junior, believes he has many more years at the top and is still young for a goalkeeper.
The five-time Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year winner added: “I feel maybe in one of the best shapes of my career. I feel very well. Maybe some people think I’m older because I’ve been in the game for many, many years but I am still young for a goalkeeper.
“I’m still learning every day, giving 100 per cent in training, so like I say, hopefully there are more years and more games to come.”
With 462 appearances for Manchester United, only 16 players have represented the Reds more than de Gea after he overtook the legendary former captain Bryan Robson, in the all-time list, following the 1-0 win at Norwich.
Alex Stepney (539), is the only goalkeeper ahead of him on the club’s all-time appearances list.
But with de Gea feeling at the peak of his powers and potentially having another decade in the game if he follows in Buffon’s footsteps, Ryan Giggs, the club’s all-time appearance maker (963) could be run close by the Spaniard.
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