Cape Town - Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata says he wants Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea "to be happy"with the star goalkeeper's future in England continuing to dominate the headlines.
“I get asked a lot about him." Mata told Manchester Evening News.
"He’s my friend and I want him to be happy. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world today. From a personal point of view, I want him on my team.”
De Gea has been widely tipped to seal a switch to Real Madrid this summer and Mata's latest comments are being perceived as a hint that Red Devils are about to lose their number one.
De Gea arrived in England from Atletico Madrid in in 2011 in a deal worth a reported £18 million and looks set to move to their arch-rivals after failing to accept a mega deal to extend his Manchester United career.
The 24-year-old Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract next summer which is exactly the same time the current Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, is expected to depart the club.