In an expected move, Manchester United have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for goalkeeper David De Gea. The 20-year-old completed a medical this week and a 5-year-deal has been signed. The Spaniard follows Phil Jones and Ashley Young in becoming the club's third summer signing.
De Gea had this to say in an interview with MUTV:
"I feel very proud and I can't wait to start playing here. When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you it obviously makes you very, very happy. I saw their interest as an extra motivation to work even harder to show off my ability. It's a great privilege to be part of a club like United and I'm keen to do my best and show what I can do."
On Twitter, Rio Ferdinand welcomed the new goalkeeper:
"David de Gea welcome bro! Another quality young player signed, Manchester United have had a nice bit of movement in this transfer window.
De Gea has got nice feet too. I love that in a keeper... sweeper."
The youngster has already achieved quite a bit in his brief career - After making his debut as an 18-year-old year for Atleti against FC Porto in UEFA Champions League action, De Gea remained the No 1 and went on to win the Europa League during the 2009-2010 season. In addition, he was the starting goalkeeper on Spain's recent triumphant U-21 European Championship side.
With this signing and also with Anders Lindegaard at the club, this likely means that Tomasz Kuszczak will leave this summer. The Polish goalkeeper has made it clear that he wants to be a No 1 and he likely is motivated by earning Poland's No 1 for next summer's European Championship.