Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea has insisted that he has "a lot of years ahead" at Old Trafford, as he looks to compete with Dean Henderson in the pair's battle for No. 1 status at the club.
De Gea established himself as one of the world's best goalkeepers during his decade-long stint at Old Trafford, and for long has remained the No.1 at Old Trafford - however inconsistent performances in recent seasons has seen the Spaniard's stock fall at the club.
United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to use Henderson in goal last season especially when De Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his child and this has led to reports emerging that the management are regretting the fact that they handed him a massive £375,000-a-week deal in 2019.
The Spaniard for his part returned to pre-season training early and has reiterated that his future remains at Old Trafford.
"It's been a lot of years at the club and a great source of pride for me to have been able to play for a club like Manchester United for so many seasons now. But you have to live in the present, I think I still have a lot of years ahead of me at the club, I’m excited about that, feeling strong and I’m very keen to do well," he told United's official website.
"I feel great in myself, high in confidence and I think it should be - and has to be - an important season for all of us."
The 30-year-old will further have chances to further his case for a regular spot in the XI as he is expected to start for United in their opening game of the 2021/22 season against Leeds United, with Henderson still not fully fit having contracted coronavirus.