Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has said playing in the national team is a dream come true after 39 appearances for La Roja and still counting.
His debut with Atletico Madrid in 2009, catapult him to one of the world’s best goal stopper and he is very humble pondering on his achievements so far.
De Gea while speaking to the Spanish national team’s official media channels said;
“No footballer can imagine getting to where I am today,”
“Being in the Spanish national team is a dream come true, something you dream of since you are a kid, as well as playing for the clubs that I have. I’m always thankful and I’m looking forward [to the future].”
Though De Gea started out as a striker, he made the transition to goalkeeper as a child.
“I liked playing as a forward, as well as goalkeeper,” he noted.
“In the end, all children want to score goals and enjoy football, but ultimately my father was a goalkeeper and he made me what I am today.”
De Gea’s father clearly had a big impact on him, yet the 28-year-old does not have one specific player he looked up to as a child.
“I did not have an idol who was a goalkeeper,” he added.
“I looked at many [goalkeepers], I’d always be behind the goals in the stadiums and each goalkeeper had something special. You can learn from them all.”