Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea remains “calm and relaxed” despite a “manic few days”, his club and Spain international team-mate Juan Mata says.
The 24-year-old has not played for United this season because of interest from Real Madrid, culminating in a failed
deadline-day deal to sign him.
But Mata said De Gea, who was in the club’s Champions League squad submitted to Uefa on Tuesday, is ready to play.
“His hunger and professionalism are intact,” said Mata, 27.
“He seems the same as ever to me, calm and relaxed,” added Mata, who is on international duty with De Gea for Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia on Saturday.
“It’s been a manic few days for him, he’s my friend and I’m there for him for whatever he needs. Right now he’s focused on the two upcoming games for the national team; being here will do him good and he’s going to be as professional as he has been throughout his career.
“His personality will help him. He manages to play even better in moments of maximum pressure and stress. His personality will help him on and off the pitch.
“We all know what a great goalkeeper he is and he would make any team in the world better. The fans will get behind him and so will the team.”