The two main contenders to take up Valdes’ spot in the squad are De Gea and Real Madrid’s Diego Lopez and Del Bosque admitted that he already had a goalkeeper in mind to take the spot but wanted to wait before revealing who it was.
“Yes, I do have somebody in mind – a third goalkeeper but I would prefer not to say too much at the moment because if somebody gets injured, we’ll have to start the process all over again,” he told AS.
“The logical thing to do is to comply with the timeline we have been given, we have seven weeks to finalise the list but it’s too soon to disclose anything – anything could happen between now and May.”
When asked whether De Gea was a goalkeeper who he had in mind, Del Bosque said: “Of course we have him in mind; he is one of the potential candidates to be called. He has been with us several times already.”
After the season De Gea has had, he deserves a spot on that plane. Admittedly, I haven’t seen how good or bad Lopez has played for Real Madrid but De Gea has been by far and away Manchester United’s player of the season so far, so is rightly in the mix to replace Valdes.
Even if De Gea was chosen, he’d still be third choice behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina but simply being part of the squad will be the next big step for De Gea, so the sooner it happens the better.