Spain’s U-21 coach, Julen Lopetegui, is sure that David de Gea will turn out to be a big star not only for Spain but for Manchester United as well.
The 21-year old goalkeeper, who is originally from Madrid, has faced great criticsm since the day he took Van der Saar’s shirt. He not only has to face competition from within the team (in form of Anders Lindegard) but also has to deal with the negative remarks he gets from other players and managers.
Nevertheless, Lopetegui believes that we will become the long-term successor of Edwin van der Saar. He said, “De Gea has played less in the Premier League this season, although he played the last game, and is now looking for regular games. I am sure he will make his mark for a long time in Manchester and on world football.”
David de Gea, in an interview, said that Spain’s U-21 are looking forward to beating Denmark on Thursday when they face them for the first leg of European Championships play-off to get their place secured in the tournament in Israel.
“Knowing that Denmark did not lose a single game to get here makes us realise what we are up against,” De Gea said. “It is going to be difficult. We want to win at home. We want to go to Denmark with a result that will allow us to keep calm.”
“We know we must be at 100 per cent if we are to take a good result to Denmark for Tuesday’s return leg.”
He knows that the Danish side will be a tough opposition but he is sure his team is capable enough of defeating him.