Perth, Australia — David de Gea He said he was tired of winning Manchester United’s Player of the Year award every time the team had a bad season.
De Gea has been awarded the Sir Matt Busby Award four times, including three consecutive times between 2014 and 2016.
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Jose Mourinho said during his training at Old Trafford that when the goalkeeper wins the award, it is a sign that the team has not performed, and De Gea admitted he would be happy if he did not get the trophy again.
“Yes, I totally agree,” De Gea said when asked about Mourinho’s comments.
“It’s good for me, of course, I love winning trophies but I totally agree with what he said. He has to be a striker, a midfielder, that’s what happens but for sure this season he will be another player or striker, for sure.”
De Gea is set to enter his twelfth season at Old Trafford, but in that time he has won the Premier League title once, the FA Cup once, the League Cup and the European League.
If the proposed move to Real Madrid had not been carried out by the 2015 deadline, he would have been part of a team that has since won three La Liga titles and four Champions League titles, but the 31-year-old insists he has no regrets. Missing the move to the Bernabeu.
“To win or not to win, just being in this club means more than winning titles,” he said.
“Of course, we want to win, we always want to win, but the representation of this club is greater than any title.
“I only think of Manchester. It is my home. I feel very good here. It is a privilege, it is an honor for me to be here at this club. It is one of the best things in my life to be part of this club.”
De Gea has a year left on his contract with an option for another season that could keep him at United until 2024.
He has yet to open negotiations for a new deal but says he would be happy to stay until the end of his career.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone yet, but I would be really happy to be here for as long as they want because I want to stay here for many more years,” he added.
“If they let me stay here, I would definitely stay here. I’m really comfortable, really happy, and I hope, before I leave, we can win something.”