David de Gea hopes Spain retain the European Under-21 Championship this summer, as he reveals no regrets on missing the Confederations Cup.
“We have a nice challenge ahead of us. It is exciting to participate in the European Under-21 Championship,” enthused De Gea to reporters today.
“We have come to win the competition and I know that winning the title is something very special.
“We have a very good team and we intend to retain the championship.”
De Gea was seen as an outside shot at inclusion in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for the Confederations Cup this summer, before he was selected for Julen Lopetegui’s campaign.
“To have gone to the Confederations Cup would have been very nice, but I prefer to be here and to play. Here I am happy.
“Iker Casillas’ lack of game-time heading out with Spain? We’re talking about Iker, the best goalkeeper in the world. He will be training there, playing games in training and getting into shape during training.
“I am sure that when they get to the Confederations Cup he will be in 100 per cent shape.”
De Gea was asked of his future at Manchester United.
“I’m happy in Manchester. It has been a very good season and the longer I continue there, the better. I have a contract and I hope to stay for many years at United.
“The team is good, we are saddened by the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but in has come another great Coach [David Moyes] with a different style of play, so we will try to follow along the same lines and with the same manner.
“The day of Sir Alex’s retirement was a bit strange. The fans and all of the city of Manchester turned out. It is a shame for him to go, he has been great there.
“But now we have a new Coach. We are all waiting to return to see how things go.”