David de Gea has expressed his desire to stay at Manchester United “for many more years” before his contract expires in 2023.
If De Gea takes part in the Red Devils’ meeting with Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Sunday, he will become only the 11th player to make 500 appearances for United in their illustrious history.
Only Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Bill Foulkes, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney, Alex Stepney, Tony Dunn, Denis Irvine and Joe Spence have previously reached this milestone at United.
However, De Gea’s long-term future at the club remains uncertain – the Spaniard’s contract expires in 2023 and he has yet to agree to new terms.
However, De Gea is hopeful he will have the chance to play many more games for United, saying: “This is my club and I feel good here. I play well, I feel very good.
“I think I have many more years to play. I feel confident.
“Yes, I would like to stay here for a few more years and record games and record everything. Try to help the youth here with your experience and try to win trophies.”
De Gea will turn 32 next month and has been United’s top goalkeeper for 11 years, but he believes he is now entering his prime.
Asked if he thinks he is entering his prime years, De Gea said: “I feel very, very good in games and in training. Of course, with more experience you feel very good. So yes, I think so.
“I feel good and I want to play for many more years, and the most important thing is to try to win trophies and help the team, as I try to do every day.”