David de Gea has said he would be ‘really, really happy’ if he were made Manchester United’s next captain.
The captain’s armband is up for grabs this summer following the departure of Antonio Valencia at the end of last season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting he still doesn’t know who will be the club’s next skipper.
The Norwegian has said that Ashley Young will wear the armband when he is playing, although the 34-year-old’s game time is expected to be limited.
During United’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, Solskjaer has given a number of players the armband including senior players such as Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata, but Spain number 1 De Gea has said he would be honoured if he were handed the role.
“I’ve been captain for some games,” De Gea told reporters in Singapore. “Of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge. It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to captain.
“It’s my ninth season, I feel like one of the most experienced players. I need to show that on the pitch and try to help the young guys know what Manchester United means and that’s important.
“We have to improve a lot. We are Manchester United, we need to fight for trophies. When you put on this badge, that’s what it means – fight for everything, give your best and bring the team again to the top.”
It is thought that De Gea is close to signing a new six-year deal worth well in excess of £100 million, becoming the best goalkeeper in world football.