David De Gea says he would rather return to Madrid than join Barcelona, but insists he is “very well in Manchester” for the time being.
De Gea, who joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been heavily linked with Barca in the press recently, following reports goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to depart the Camp Nou.
However, while stating he is going nowhere in the immediate future, the 22-year-old has effectively ruled out any transfer to Barcelona.
"I know things have been said and written but I have a contract. I’m very well in Manchester.
"It is not just my name that appears. At Barca, Valdes is still the 'keeper and Madrid is my city, one day I’d like to return. But now I hope to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of titles"” De Gea is quotes as saying in The Sun.
De Gea also heaped praise on United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, defending the manager’s angry response to the team’s Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.
"Sir Alex is more than a manager. He controls everything in the team. He’s a father for all those who come to the club. For that he is the best.
"Sir Alex has a lot of character and on that day he was very angry, although deep down what he felt more was pride for his team.
"We were superior to Madrid and deserved more but there were situations - unfair decisions and we were knocked out.
"Football is like that and in that type of game details leave you knocked out. The expulsion of Nani marked the game and the tie. Without that red card it would be Manchester United in the quarter-finals."
Meanwhile, De Gea’s understudy Anders Lindegaard has hinted a move away from Old Trafford may be best for his career.
"For me at the moment it’s not easy deal being on the bench when the team is performing as well as we do,” Lindegaard told the Daily Mirror.
"And, of course, when David is also performing as well as he does and has been doing in the last couple of months.
"Of course, everybody wants to play and I’m not different from anyone else. I’m sure all the players who are not in the starting line-up every game would say the same and they want to play.
"That’s how football players are. It’s a genetic thing in us - we live for the thrill of playing and the adrenaline you get when you step out on the pitch."