David de Gea reveals he was ‘very close’ to join English club from Atletico Madrid

David de Gea reveals he was 'very close' to join English club from Atletico Madrid

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed that he was ‘very close’ to sign for Wigan from Atletico Madrid.

Man United signed De Gea from Atletico Madrid in 2012 as Edwin van der Sar’s direct replacement and and the Spaniard went on to win the Premier League title in 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season as Manchester United boss.

The Span international has now suggested that Man United wouldn’t have been his first English club if he had left Atletico Madrid whilst as a third-choice goalie.

“When I was the third goalkeeper for Atlético Madrid, Wigan contacted me to sign for them and I was very very close to sign for Wigan,” De Gea told BT Sport ahead of United’s game against Sheriff Tiraspol.

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The 31-year-old goalkeeper has started all games for Manchester United this season, including United’s recent 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad.

De Gea, who was close to joining Real Madrid some years back, is increasingly likely to remain in goal for United’s Europa League game against Sheriff in Moldova.