David de Gea waiting patiently for opportunity to replace Iker Casillas as Spain’s no.1 goalkeeper

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United keeper David de Gea is prepared to be patient in his bid to replace Iker Casillas as Spain’s first-choice keeper.

The 24-year-old has been in sensational form this season and is widely considered to be the best keeper in the world right now but Casillas was picked ahead of him in Spain’s 1-0 win over Ukraine last week.

De Gea did get the nod ahead of Casillas last night in their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands but he’s still being overlooked for their competitive games.

Despite the frustrations of not being chosen when in such great form, De Gea is ready to continue working hard for a chance to secure a regular spot in La Roja’s starting XI.

When asked if he will displace Casillas, De Gea said: “For the moment, no. At present there are three of us and Iker [Casillas] remains the first choice.

“You never know what the future holds so you just have to live in the moment, try to train as best you can and take advantage of whatever opportunities the boss gives you. Living in the present is what matters most.”

Casillas is seemingly undroppable for both Spain and Real Madrid despite a significant downturn in form this season.

Keylor Navas, Casillas’ backup at Madrid, is a quality goalkeeper but hasn’t really been given an opportunity by boss Carlo Ancelotti over the course of the campaign.

It seems as if Ancelotti and Spain manager Vincent Del Bosque do not want to upset fans by dropping Casillas given his long and highly successful career.

Of course, Louis van Gaal will not be complaining as it minimises the risk of De Gea getting injured for his side’s crucial Premier League run-in.

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