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‘David de Gea going nowhere’

David de Gea denies Adam Lallana a chance to score. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
David de Gea denies Adam Lallana a chance to score. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
David de Gea denies Adam Lallana a chance to score. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Morgan Schneiderlin has said David de Gea is “fully committed” to Manchester United after reports emerged that Real Madrid were set to renew their interest in the keeper in the transfer window.

The Spanish giants, who missed securing De Gea’s signature last summer after missing the deadline for paperwork submission, are not allowed to acquire new players in the next two transfer windows after a FIFA ban, but are free to bulk up their squad this month.

The ruling has sparked runours of Madrid rekindling their interest in the 25-year-old De Gea but Schneiderlin has no doubt his team-mate will be staying at Old Trafford.

“David is a very important player in our squad,” the United midfielder told MUTV. “We are very happy to have him and happy that he didn’t go last summer. He is fully committed to this football club.

“When you have a player like this in goal, it’s good for us because we know we are not going to concede many goals and he is going to make some saves.”

It isn’t difficult to enderstand why Madrid would pursue David de Gea again. The goalkeeper has been in terrific form since Louis van Gaal restored his spot as No. 1.

His latest superb display came on Sunday when United won 1-0 at Liverpool. Wayne Rooney may have grabbed the headlines with his match-winning, record-breaking volley, but it was De Gea in the United goal who secured all three points. First, he rushed off his line to deny Adam Lallana early in the game, and in the second half made two athletic saves to deny Emre Can and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.

United Defender Chris Smalling said the last-minute collapse of De Gea’s move to Madrid was a morale booster for the team: “When we knew he was lining up for us the whole season, it was a great feeling because he is one of the best.

“He pulled off a great save and his distribution, especially some of those balls down to Wazza and Jesse [Lingard] were terrific and really set us up on the attack.

“David is a very calm guy but on the pitch he is talking to us as a unit. We know his game inside out so it’s good to know that if we get beat as a defence, we have a great chance to keep that ball out.”

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