David de Gea insisted he holds no grudge against Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal but hilariously calls the Dutchman a joker, of course in a positive note.
The Spanish goalkeeper was dropped by van Gaal during the opening days of the season amidst continuous speculation about a potential transfer to Real Madrid.
The almost done deal collapsed at the 11th hour after the necessary paperworks failed mysteriously, sparking much criticism. De Gea then surprisingly signed a new four year deal with Manchester United and now says he is very happy to make the right decision.
He told in an interview “He is a joker; he makes a lot of jokes. Now and again [he] likes to do something so that there is a good mood. But we talk mostly about football. From outside, you see a person with a lot of character, which is what he is.
“From the first day I came back, after all that happened, he [Van Gaal] gave me a lot of confidence, told me I would play, to relax and keep doing what I had done before.
“He is a hard and strong coach, but that is what we also try to transmit out on the pitch – that aggression and that attitude the coach has. He is very methodical, and in the end things are going well for us.
“In the end it is hard to be friends with any coach – you have a lot of respect for him, but it is difficult to be their friend. But he is a good person
“You can talk with him about anything you want, and face to face he is sincere. We have a normal relationship between a coach and player. We both want what is best for the club.”
Speaking about his new contract he stated: “I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do. I’m really happy now, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, where I feel loved by the fans.
“Nobody let me down or disappointed me – these are things that happen. You must look forward, and I am very happy now.”
However reports suggest the new deal might have a release clause which can be triggered by Real Madrid next summer.
The Spaniard is now with the national team. Spain will play a friendly against England today. But Coach Vicente del Bosque still hasn’t revealed who will be protect the goal bar, although he yesterday practiced with Casillas. But de Gea enjoying the healthy competition and insists he has lot learn from Casillas, “Everyone knows Iker Casillas, we have all followed him being at the top level for so many years,” De Gea further said. “What he has done for the national team is something impossible to equal. But I try and learn from him, when we are there, and train the best I can. I always come here to give the maximum, to show the boss that I am here to play. All us players do that — looking play, to fight for a place. But I know I have a keeper ahead of me with a lot of experience, and much loved.”
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