Man United goalkeeper De Gea reveals he used to be a striker

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed that he used to play as a striker during his youth.

The 27-year-old joined United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, and has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

The stopper is fast closing on 300 appearances for the Red Devils, and has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League during his time with the 20-time English champions.

De Gea is also widely regarded as one of the best ball-playing goalkeepers in the world, and the Spain international has said that his skills were developed as a centre-forward during his youth.

De Gea told United Review:

“I played up front at school in Madrid, then at a soccer school there too. I used to combine the two roles and play as a striker and then in goal. But, in the end, I realised I was a better keeper.”

Real Madrid are again being linked with a move for De Gea, who came through the youth system at Atletico before switching to Manchester.

The stopper is currently away on Spain duty as La Roja prepare to face Costa Rica and Russia in friendlies over the next week.