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Published: 12:46 | 17/12/15

De Gea thanks United fans


David de Gea has thanked Manchester United fans for making him feel welcome after his proposed move to Real Madrid collapsed on transfer deadline day.

De Gea sat out the first six games of the season due to the uncertainty surrounding his future and he looked set to leave Old Trafford when the two clubs agreed a deal which included Keylor Navas moving in the opposite direction.

However, the deal collapsed on deadline day due to an issue with the paperwork with the goalkeeper going on to sign a new four-year contract with United.

He was then given a rapturous welcome when he returned to the starting team for the game against Liverpool in September and he has thanks supporters for their standing by him.

"It was just incredible, the welcome that I received from all the Manchester United fans," De Gea told Inside United.

"It was a special game, a derby against Liverpool, so to have won at home, in that fantastic atmosphere, it was unforgettable! It was amazing. It’s difficult to be able to describe how I felt at that moment, even if I try to.

"I just want to thank all the fans for the support they’ve always given me since the first day I arrived here. It was just incredible."

United went on to win the match 3-1 with Anthony Martial scoring a superb goal on his debut and De Gea has been impressed with how the 20-year-old has adapted to life in Manchester.

"I think he really surprised everyone. He’s a great player, still very young and with a lot of time to learn and improve, but he’s settled into the team and to Premier League football quickly," he said.

"He’s a top player. He’s a laid-back lad, very quiet, just a really good kid. We’re all made up with him and he brings a lot to the team. As I say, I rate him highly."

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