Born in 1990, in Madrid, David de Gea Quintana, has progressed from Atletico Madrid’s youth teams to his current status as number one for the senior side, a fantastic achievement at only 19 years of age.
Upon turning professional, de Gea began his career in the Spanish Segunda B, playing for Atletico’s reserve side before making his debut for the senior side in September 2009 in the Champions League. He made his La Liga debut just days later.
Since claiming the number one jersey, de Gea was part of the side that progressed to the Copa Del Rey Final and the Europa League Final, where they defeated Fulham. De Gea had previously impressed with two fine displays in Atletico’s semi-final victory over Liverpool.
Faced with the unenviable task of eventually displacing Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes in the national team set-up, de Gea has steadily progressed through the international scene, representing Spain at under-17 level through to the under-21s. He was named in the senior team’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad but ultimately missed the final cut. De Gea may have some time to wait before cementing his place within the Spanish senior side. Spain are lucky to be blessed with such great goalkeepers, with Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina still relatively young and with many years ahead of them. However, the experience, which De Gea is, now amassing at such a young age can only benefit him in the future.
Linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United, recent media reports have claimed summer moves may be made to prise the keeper away from the Vicente Calderon. Manchester United certainly need to target a goalkeeper with Edwin Van der Sar’s retirement coming ever closer. With a rumoured price tag of between £20-30 million however, both clubs may be deterred from pressing ahead with their interest at this stage.
David de Gea, it appears, certainly has a very bright future ahead of him. The spotlight of the Premier League awaits…