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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is de Gea and the second or maternal family name is Quintana.

David de Gea Quintana (born 7 November 1990 in Madrid) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid, as a goalkeeper.

Club career

A product of Atlético de Madrid's youth teams, De Gea spent his first professional seasons with the reserves, in Segunda División B.

As first-choice Sergio Asenjo was away on international duty, he received his first main side call-ups. On September 30, 2009, he replaced injured Roberto during the UEFA Champions League contest at F.C. Porto, in an eventual 0–2 loss, not yet aged 19.[1]

Three days later, De Gea made his first division debuts, at home against Real Zaragoza; he gave away a penalty kick in the 19th minute, but saved the ensuing Marko Babić attempt, in an eventual 2–1 triumph.[1] After some costly mistakes by Asenjo, and the arrival of Quique Sánchez Flores as manager, he finished the season as the starter – twice earning Man of the match awards along the way, against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia CF. Additionally, he appeared in eight games in the club's victorious UEFA Europa League campaign, including the 2–1 final win against Fulham.[2]

De Gea started 2010–11 in impressive fashion, helping Atlético win the season's UEFA Super Cup: in the 90th minute of the 2–0 win against F.C. Internazionale Milano, he saved a Diego Milito penalty kick.[3]

International career

De Gea helped Spain's U17 win the 2007 European Championship and finished second at the 2007 World Cup.

In early May 2010, courtesy of solid Atlético performances, he was named by senior squad manager Vicente del Bosque in a provisional 30-man squad, in view of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup; eventually, he did not make the final cut.


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De Gea pledges future to Atletico

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea has reiterated his desire to remain at the club for the long term.

The 20-year-old has produced some sparkling performances this season and has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.

De Gea, who is on the verge of a call-up to the Spain squad, burst onto the scene at Vicente Calderon last term and has made the No 1 jersey his own.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly sent scouts to watch the young goalkeeper in action, but De Gea insists he is happy at Atletico.

"I am very comfortable here, this has always been my club, and I want to defend this shirt for a long time and win titles," he told AS.

"The club is in charge but I am very happy here, and when things go well there is no need to change.

"The Champions League is the main thing, and we also have the cup competition, which is very nice, and so we will like to get as far as possible."

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David and his girlfriend the singer Edurne

that girl sang a song with him during Chirstmas.......thay are couple?? wow....

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Atletico tell United: £22m for De Gea

Manchester United will have to smash the British transfer record for a goalkeeper if they want Atletico Madrid's David de Gea.

The highly-rated Spanish shot stopper has been constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford and was reportedly close to completing the move in January.

But a deal never quite materialized with De Gea verbally declaring his commitment to the Madrid club.

However, United supremo Sir Alex Ferguson still sees the 20-year-old as his prime candidate to replace retiring 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season.

But according to talkSPORT, Atletico have made it clear that their skipper will not leave for anything less than £22million, which happens to be the player's minimum fee release clause.

That will easily break the current British record for a goalkeeper which stands at £9million - paid by Sunderland for Craig Gordon from Hearts.

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