Number one Manchester United goalie, David De Gea feels he has grown ever since his failed switch to Real Madrid.
De Gea was meant to make the move to Madrid, with Navas joining United. But the deal fell through in the last minute.
De Gea has since signed a new four-year-deal at Old Trafford and regained his position in the first eleven of the club.
“I am a guy who likes to put the bad things and difficult times behind me,” De Gea was quoted as telling Canal Plus.
“I had a lot of tough times and I know what it is. We must move forward, working equally and always strong.
“It’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.”
De Gea – on international duty as Spain prepare to host Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday – added: “Everyone who works for Manchester respected me, I tried to help and I am very grateful to them.”