Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has expressed his interest in taking up more responsibilities at Old Trafford with his desire to become the club’s new captain.
Former captain Antonio Valencia departure at the end of his contract last season has left the captain role at Manchester United vacant. De Gea is one of the longest serving players at Old Trafford having spent eight years at the club. He is in contention to replace Valencia with the likes of Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young.
The Spaniard joined United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and will soon sign a new six-year contract. A deal which will make him the highest-paid keeper in the world with earnings between £350,000 and £375,000 per week.
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The 28-year-old who captained Manchester United in some matches last season in the absence of Valencia is keen to make the armband his own.
“I’ve been captain for some games,” He said.
“Of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge. It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to be captain.”
De Gea added: “It’s my ninth season, I feel like one of the most experienced players.
“I need to show that on the pitch and try to help the young guys know what Manchester United means and that’s important. We have to improve a lot. We are Manchester United, we need to fight for trophies.
“When you put on this badge, that’s what it means – fight for everything, give your best and bring the team again to the top.”
De Gea is currently on preseason tour with United ahead of their premier league opener against Chelsea on Sunday, 11th August.