Former Manchester United goalkeeper reveals the message he received from David De Gea

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone joined Manchester United’s academy back in 2009, and was a United player for the next 9 years.

After a series of loan spell away from Old Trafford, Johnstone eventually sealed a permanent move to West Brom in 2018, where he has shown his quality as a goalkeeper.

The now 28-year-old has gotten his first ever call-up to the England national team, and he is so glad about it.

Johnstone has revealed how former teammate David De Gea sent him a congratulatory message.

“He texted me when I got the call-up, saying he was happy for me and really proud,” Johnstone said of De Gea.

“It’s really nice to hear from someone like that, that I trained alongside for a number of years and learned a lot from.”

Johnstone also revealed that he learned a lot from the United first choice goalkeeper during his time at Old Trafford.

“Just to be around him every day was special,” he went on.

“To work with someone like that. He was young, playing for Manchester United and Spain.

“You pick stuff up from being around him and watching him and how calm he is and how good he is because he is one of the best. It was great to be around him and learn from that.

“And then obviously I had to go and make my own path and my own career.”