United and De Gea support Jake Daniels

“It’s a step into the unknown to be one of the first football players in this country to reveal my sexuality, but I’ve been inspired by Josh Cavallo, Matt Morton and athletes from other sports, like Tom Daley, to have the courage and determination to drive change.

“Having reached this point I have had the best support and advice from my family, my club, my agent and Stonewall, who have all been incredibly proactive in putting my interests and well-being first. I have also confided in my teammates in the youth team here in Blackpool, and they too have embraced the news and supported my decision to open up and tell people.

“All my life I have hated lying and feeling the need to change in order to fit in. I want to be a role model myself by doing this. There are people in the same room as me who may not feel comfortable revealing their sexuality. I just want to tell them that you don’t have to change who you are, or how you should be, just to fit in. You are who you are and being happy, that’s the most important thing.’

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