Football: David de Gea mobbed by Singapore fans during pit stop at McLaren showroom

David de Gea signing footballs for fans.
David de Gea signing footballs for fans. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
David de Gea's girlfriend, Spanish pop star Edurne Garcia, waiting by the entrance of McLaren's Leng Kee showroom
David de Gea's girlfriend, Spanish pop star Edurne Garcia, waiting by the entrance of McLaren's Leng Kee showroomST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
David de Gea signing autographs for fans.
David de Gea signing autographs for fans. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
David de Gea posing for photos with a fan.
David de Gea posing for photos with a fan. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
David de Gea being shown the McLaren P1 up close.
David de Gea being shown the McLaren P1 up close. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Amidst the intense speculation surrounding a sensational summer move to Real Madrid, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and his Spanish pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia Almagro continued their holiday in Singapore with a visit to the McLaren showroom.

 

De Gea, who has been in town for a week, was at the Leng Kee Road showroom to take a look at the new McLaren P1 hybrid supercar.

His visit came courtesy of his friendship with local billionaire Peter Lim, who also owns Spanish football club Valencia and is a shareholder in McLaren automotive.

Yet, despite the excitement about where he will play next season, De Gea was calm and relaxed as he listened intently to a McLaren assistant describe the functions of the McLaren P1 in detail for about half an hour on Wednesday morning.

The 20-odd fans that waited two hours for de Gea's arrival were determined to have their say however, blocking the exit with autograph requests and pleas for him to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

"Please stay at Manchester United!" was the main outcry from fans, but the 24-year-old Spaniard, dressed casually in adidas apparel, denim shorts and sporting a large pair of shades, was a picture of silence as he scrawled his signature obligingly on the various items handed to him.

One fan however, managed to get a reply from de Gea. Tan Xin Hao, 21, took a picture with him and said: "Manchester United le ama." which translates to "Manchester United loves you." and duly got a smile and a reply of "Gracias" from the shot-stopper.

 

That word of thanks may be all Manchester United fans can take solace in for the near future, and in a possible indication of things to come, de Gea signed a Real Madrid cap thrust forward by one supporter amongst the sea of red.

It may not be the last time his signature adorns a piece of Real Madrid memorabilia in the near future.