Regarded as a highly promising prospect in his youth, De Gea soon developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world. An elegant and athletic keeper, De Gea is known in particular for his outstanding reflexes, agility, and shot-stopping ability between the posts, which enable him to produce acrobatic dives and spectacular saves. He has also stood for his consistency composure, leadership, and his positional sense. Due to his slender frame, he initially struggled at defending high balls as a youngster; often punching balls away rather than holding on to them. He has since shown great improvements in his aerial prowess, handling, command of his area, decision making, and ability to come out and claim crosses, in particular after he developed physically and gained more experience. Furthermore, De Gea is highly regarded for his speed when rushing off his line in one on one situations, which also enables him to function as a sweeper-keeper. In addition to his goalkeeping abilities, De Gea possesses excellent ball control, vision, and distribution with either foot, which enables him to start attacking plays from the back. In January 2012, De Gea was confirmed as farsighted, although this is not thought to have affected his performances. De Gea has told in an interview he is a big metal fan and has been to concerts of Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold in Manchester, which are his favourites. Also, he has met Avenged Sevenfold and gave them an edited Manchester United-shirt with ‘Avenged 7X’ on the back. He has a relationship with Spanish singer Edurne.