Azpilicueta on De Gea: Man Utd fans love him… they'll welcome him back

The Chelsea defender is convinced that his compatriot will be have no trouble being accepted by supporters at Old Trafford, despite his aborted move to Real Madrid

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says that Spanish national team-mate goalkeeper David de Gea is loved by Manchester United fans, and will be welcomed back by them.

De Gea was all set to move to Spanish giants Real Madrid until a problem with paperwork halted the move, with both clubs laying the blame at each other’s door.

But despite the goalkeeper’s attempted move away from Old Trafford, Azpilicueta says that De Gea will have no problem with the United fans upon his return to Manchester.

“As a rival, I’ve experienced the affection the United fans have for De Gea,” Azpilicueta told reporters. “They always respect him and they will continue to do so.

“He is very loved there, and the United fans will welcome him with respect.”

De Gea has one year left on his current contract at Old Trafford, but is said to have been in contact with his agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss the possibility of signing a new long-term deal with the club, such is his dismay at the collapse of his proposed move to Madrid.

But De Gea has yet to feature for United this season, with manager Louis van Gaal insisting that he was not focused with on-pitch matters.

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