Transfer news

De Gea hopeful of Rooney stay

May 24, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea says he hopes Wayne Rooney stays at Old Trafford, and has also brushed off speculation about his own future.

David De Gea and Wayne Rooney Manchester United
GettyImagesDavid De Gea believes Wayne Rooney still has plenty to give Man Utd

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David Moyes’ first big decision as United manager looks to be what to do with his former Everton charge Rooney, who Ferguson said on leaving had again asked for a move away from the club.

Reports in Manchester this week suggested Paris Saint Germain headed his queue of suitors, with Chelsea and Real Madrid also thought to be interested in offering an escape route to the English international.

But De Gea told Spanish radio show El Larguero on Thursday that he hoped Rooney stayed as he is a key presence in the team.

“He looks fine to me, happy,” De Gea said. “We do not know if he will go, but we hope he stays. He is a very important player for us.”

De Gea said he was not sure what to expect from Moyes, but the assumption was that as little as possible would change at Old Trafford next season. “Really, I do not know,” he said. “He did very well at Everton, was there for many years. I believe he will be more or less on the same line as our boss Alex Ferguson.”

Speculation that the ex-Atletico Madrid keeper might return to Spain to replace Barca’s outgoing No. 1 Victor Valdes was batted away. “

That would be very difficult,” De Gea said. “I am very happy [at United]. Things are going really well, better every day. I am very happy.”

De Gea’s season is not over yet, as he is now set to captain a strong Spain Under-21 squad including Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Iker Muniain at June’s European Championship in Israel. While acknowledging his country were among the favourites to lift the trophy, he said they were for now only concentrating on a tough group which features Russia, Germany and Netherlands.

“We have a difficult group, above all we need to through the first phase and go bit by bit,” he said. “The team is very good, we did very well in qualifying and we need to keep going like that