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David de Gea to Thiago: 'See you in Manchester'

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Oh Dave, you cheeky Red Devil, you.

Alex Grimm

Technically, the headline is a lie. David de Gea actually told Thiago, by signing it on the match-ball awarded to the midfielder after his hat-trick heroics in Spain's European Under-21 Championship final, that he would "Nos vemos en Manchester" -- which translates in English to "see you in Manchester." Oh Dave, you cheeky Red Devil, you.

Since the start of the Euro 2012 Championship, de Gea has reportedly been trying to recruit the talented Barcelona midfielder to Old Trafford since there's been a plethora of reports that the 22-year-old is keen for a move away from Camp Nou. In Israel, the Under-21 Spain captain shined in midfield as his talent was clear for all to see. He's arguably on his way to becoming one of the best midfielders in Europe, however, he's blocked in the Barcelona midfield by the world-class likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Alex Song Sergio Busquets, and Cesc Fabregas. At Manchester United, Thiago would almost certainly be given 40+ games next season -- if he stayed fit, of course -- because no midfielder on the current squad not named Michael Carrick is anywhere close to his prodigious level. Hopefully recent reports are true that the La Masia raised player has insisted to Barcelona that he's leaving them and that United have already put in a bid for him.