United rumours won’t distract De Gea

The teenage keeper is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest

properties, having made the step up into the spotlight at Atletico

with consummate ease. Having been drafted into the first-team fold

in January, the 19-year-old quickly became a mainstay in a side

which tasted Europa League glory. His rise to prominence has not

gone unnoticed by some of the world’s biggest clubs, with demand

for such talent always high. United, and Spanish giants Barcelona,

are reported to be among those monitoring De Gea, with Sir Alex

Ferguson in attendance for Atletico’s 1-1 draw with Valencia last

week. The official line from the Red Devils was that their boss was

in Spain to run an eye over Champions League opponents Valencia,

but it has been suggested that he also took the opportunity to

track a possible transfer target. De Gea is aware that speculation

regarding his future is mounting, but the Spain Under-21

international is refusing to read too much into reports linking him

with a move elsewhere. “The important thing is that I have a

contract here and I’m an Atletico player until 2013. That’s what

matters,” he said. “The truth is that everything is turning out

well here, and I’m with my family and my friends, which is what I

need. I think that is very important.” “I have a contract until

2013, and when the year is out we’ll see if things are going well,

and those who have to talk [about an extension] will talk.”