by Ifreke Inyang
Many sports involve the physical presence of athletes or players, and football is not an exception. However there was a bit of drama a few days ago as the Spanish under-21 goalkeeper, David De Gea arrived at the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester for a routine medical check up on Monday. As he made his way from the car to the doors of the hospital, United’s officials tried to shield him from the paparazzi, but the attempt wasn’t a success as the photographers were able to capture distinct images of the highly rated shot stopper.
After the medical, De Gea sealed his £17.8million switch to Manchester United. The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper – who helped Spain to Under 21 Euro glory on Saturday – has been pinpointed as the successor to Edwin van der Sar, who retired at the end of the season. Although Ferguson considered deals for Manuel Neuer and Maarten Stekelenburg, who are now heading for Bayern Munich and Roma respectively, De Gea quickly emerged as his No 1 target. This is despite the 20-year-old’s inexperience, having only been first-choice at Atletico for the past two seasons. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina – an international team-mate of De Gea – has backed the youngster to shine in the Barclays Premier League next season.
De Gea’s arrival will take United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s summer spending past the £50m mark. Ferguson has already recruited England pair Ashley Young and Phil Jones – from Aston Villa and Blackburn respectively – for a combined fee of £32.5m.
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