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“Madrid is behind me,” says De Gea

46669461David De Gea has said the saga linking him with a move to Real Madrid last summer is now behind him and has thanked the fans for their support.

The Manchester United keeper looked set to return to the Spanish capital before the end of the trasfer window, with Real Madrid adamant to secure his services after he refused to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.

However, the deal collapsed in farcical fashion, with Real and United blaming one another for failing to complete the transfer and De Gea has since regained his spot in the starting XI.

“I am a guy who likes to put the bad things and difficult times behind me,” he said.

“I had a lot of tough times and I know what it is.

“We must move forward, working equally and always strong. It’s a learning process that gives football hard moments, but that make you mature and grow.

“These are things that you learn in the world of football.”

Once the move to Real Madrid collapsed, some worried the Spaniard would not be fully focused on playing for United, but after signing a new deal De Gea has looked his usual assured self.

“You have to keep working and try to improve in every training session,” he added.

“Everyone who works for Manchester respected me, I tried to help and I am very grateful to them.”