De Gea factfile

Image: De Gea: One of European football's hottest prospects

We take a look at the blossoming career of David de Gea as he closes on a move to Manchester United. takes a look at the Spanish shot-stopper's career

We take a look at the blossoming career of David de Gea as he closes on a move to Manchester United. The Spanish goalkeeper is all set to complete a switch from Atletico Madrid, with the Red Devils in the market for a successor to the recently retired Edwin van der Sar. 1990: Born in Madrid on November 7. 2007: Helps Spain to victory in the 2007 Under-17 European Championship, and then to a runners-up spot in the Under-17 World Cup. 2008: Spends his first professional season with the Atletico Madrid reserves, in the Segunda Division B. 2009: September - De Gea makes his senior Atletico debut as a substitute in the Champions League against Porto, coming on for the injured Roberto. October: Starts his first Primera Division match at home to Real Zaragoza. In the first 20 minutes he gives away a penalty but then saves the spot-kick. 2010: Towards the end of the 2009-10 season he becomes the first-choice goalkeeper under new coach Quique Sanchez Flores, twice earning man-of-the-match awards towards the end of the season. May - Plays in the Europa League final victory over Fulham in Hamburg. Named in Vicente Del Bosque's 30-man provisional World Cup squad but does not make the final squad. August - Helps Atletico win the European Super Cup in a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan, saving a penalty during the game. 2011: May - Ends the season as an ever-present in La Liga for Atletico. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims that the clubs are close to completing a deal to sign De Gea, though De Gea denies the claims. Included in Spain's 23-man under-21 squad for the European Championship in Denmark. June 25 - Wins European Under-21 Championship as Spain beat Switzerland 2-0 in the final in Aarhus.

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