David De Gea insisted that he is not at all thinking about leaving his current club Manchester United for Real Madrid this transfer season and presently he is totally focussed on the Spanish national team ahead of the Russia World Cup.
Football news: Madrid transfer not in mind for De Gea as La Roja aim for another World Cup in Russia
The 27-year-old Spanish shot-stopper has been linked to a move from United to the Los Blancos since 2015, but time ran out and the move transpired. After that De Gea signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils which ended Madrid’s short-term interest.
De Gea was born in the Spanish capital and started his career and progressed through the youth system in Atletico Madrid before playing two full seasons in the first team.
Reports have long suggested that De Gea might return to his birth city since Madrid has been looking for a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas.
However De Gea is currently keeping his focus on his national team commitments as Spain’s coach Julen Lopetegui is looking to guide Spain to a second World Cup trophy.
"My future? The important thing is the World Cup and not to think of anything else that can divert you or upset you," De Gea told reporters at Spain's Media Day ahead the World Cup. "You have to be focused on having a good World Cup – we are all good. Hopefully we can go far and win."
When De Gea was asked if he had told his representatives to keep transfer matters away from him during the World Cup, he said, "Football is football and a thousand things can happen. But I'm always calm. Come what may, I'll be the same. It is important to be focused and be 100%."
In 2014 World Cup in Brazil, De Gea could not make an appearance as Spain were eliminated in the group stage. In the Euro Cup 2016, De Gea played all four games before getting knocked out in the round of 16 against Italy.
During the 2016 Euro Cup, he was involved in an allegation which changed his outlook totally as a person and soured his relationship with the national media.
"I was more or less hidden ahead the media because there was a time that I have not been treated as I should," De Gea continued. "Many people have been very unfair to me. Many who have criticised me, but then later knew that they were wrong, and have not given the face and rectified.
"There are many people who do not deserve to do interviews for them. Nothing else."
When asked if the allegations marred his experience in the Euro Cup, De Gea said, "I'm a very calm kid, so it didn't affect me a lot. But obviously, I have family and people that are close to you who are more affected than me.
"It's the past and in the end it turned out that everything was a lie. And there is no more. I knew I had not done anything, that's why I was calm.
"The press conference I gave already said that it was all a lie, but everyone followed talking about if I should not be in the national team, what if … In the end, things are shown, it turned out that everything was a lie. I was already calm, but then you remain calmer still."
In the 2018 World Cup, Spain has completed their warm-up schedule having defeated Tunisia 1-0 on Saturday and securing a 1-1 draw with Switzerland one week prior.
While De Gea had made an error against Swiss which costed his side a victory, he is hopeful that Spain has a stronger case in Russia.
"It's a World Cup, you always go with the same desire," De Gea said. "It's the same feeling of doing things well and helping the team, of becoming strong.
"We are very excited, there is a good team, a good group. We are going with hope.
"Will I be first-choice? I'm always calm, really. But when you have the confidence of the coach and colleagues, you always go to the field with more confidence and try to help the team as much as possible."
Spain will begin their World Cup journey against Portugal, a repeat of the 2010 fixture where a solo goal from David Villa had sent the Spanish team to the quarter-finals.