'Real Madrid? I want to win titles with United'

  • 'Real Madrid? I want to win titles with United'

'Real Madrid? I want to win titles with United'

The goalkeeper strenuously denied the accusations at the time, with no evidence found to press charges - but Sanchez expressed misgivings and said he "didn't feel comfortable" with De Gea representing Spain at the tournament.

Reports emerged at the end of last week suggesting Real are primed to make their move for the Spaniard. De Gea said he is ready to counter star Real marksman Cristiano Ronaldo.

De Gea told Marca: "The first match is always important, and more so when it is against a rival as hard and complicated as Portugal". And reports of a return to his city of birth have resurfaced as Real look for a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas, with the Costa Rica global regularly linked with a move away from the club.

"You have to be focused on having a good World Cup". Hopefully we can go far and win.

De Gea, however, is now in Russian Federation preparing for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. But I'm always calm and come my way, I will continue to be the same. Come what may, I'll be the same. It is important to be focused and be 100%'.

De Gea said his full focus was now on the World Cup.

The Manchester United goalkeeper still holds a grudge over Sánchez after comments made two years ago.

De Gea spoke about how hard it was to rectify the damage it had on his reputation with the Manchester United man still unsure why the accusations came out on the eve of a major tournament.

Cristiano has been well studied, I think everyone knows what his attributes are. It personally didn't affect me much but obviously I have people close to me that are affected by this more than me. It is true that they might ban me from the dressing room one day.

People stick with the good memories, they remember the good football, but they don't know how hard it is to win a game at the European Championships or at a World Cup; it doesn't matter who you play - it's always hard because football is becoming more evenly balanced.