The Spanish press have been singing the praises of David de Gea after his call-up to the senior squad and MARCA have gone one step further by saying Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque knows he is the natural successor to Iker Casillas.
At 23, De Gea is the youngest goalkeeper in the Spain squad by eight years but far from being a lesser keeper, De Gea has shown this season that he is ready to be considered among the best in the world.
The fact that Del Bosque has chosen him and shares that belief in him says volumes for De Gea – he is first in line to be Spain’s first choice goalkeeper when Casillas isn’t around any more.
You could argue that De Gea deserves a shot at the first team spot now given Casillas’ lack of league minutes at Real Madrid but he probably can’t be shifted. He is the captain, Mr. Spain, the player who has lifted the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 trophies. That being said, Mourinho and Ancelotti saw no problem shifting him out of the Real Madrid side.
De Gea has to wait patiently for his time but the good news is that he is set to be given his debut on May 30, so he’ll have the opportunity to show Del Bosque just how good he is.
It should be noted that it is all good and well for De Gea to be considered Casillas’ successor for Spain, but not in Spain. Real Madrid can take a hike. De Gea is staying at United.