Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea donates 300,000 euros to coronavirus battle in Madrid

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has made a €300,000 donation to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Spain.

United’s no.1 is said to have made the donation anonymously to the local authority in the Spanish capital, Madrid, to help provide medical equipment and support vulnerable families.

However, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, made it public knowledge, writing on Twitter: "Thank you De Gea. The great help you have provided to the Community of Madrid will be key to fighting COVID-19. Eternally grateful, proud of you.”

Spain has been one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic, its death toll of almost 3,500 second only to Italy and higher than China, where the outbreak began.

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Madrid, where De Gea was born and came through the youth ranks at Atletico before joining United in 2011, has been the worst hit region.

United have teamed up with rivals Manchester City to make a £100,000 donation to help fight the virus, while De Gea’s teammate Marcus Rashford is leading a campaign to ensure all school children are fed while schools are shutdown in the UK.