Manchester United’s Spanish star David De Gea has described his failed Real Madrid move as a “tough” experience, albeit, one that has helped him mature as a player.

De Gea’s transfer saga was one of the most widely reported and followed transfer story of the summer.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was close to joining the Santiago Bernabeu side on the final day of the transfer window, with fee as well as personal terms agreed, only for the paper-work issue to stop the deal from being completed in time.

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Since then De Gea has signed a new deal at Old Trafford and has put is some good performance, illustrating that the saga is behind him.

De Gea labels failed Real Madrid move as ‘tough’ experience

De Gea is currently with the Spain squad and is expected to start against Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday, having played in all the seven games for the Old Trafford side, since.

When asked about his views on the failed transfer to Real Madrid, De Gea was quoted saying by the Guardian: a I am a guy who likes to put the bad things and difficult times behind me.

a I had a lot of tough times and I know what it is. We must move forward, working equally and always strong.

The saga helped me mature: De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper went on to add that the whole transfer saga was a learning experience for him that helped him mature. He also thanked everyone at Manchester United for the respect they had shown towards him.

He added: a Everyone who works for Manchester respected me, I tried to help and I am very grateful to them.a

a Ita s a learning process that gives football hard moments but that make you mature and grow. These are things that you learn in the world of football. You have to keep working and try to improve in every training session.a