Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is looking forward to a reunion with Manchester United’s David de Gea this weekend having given the keeper his big break at Atletico Madrid.
Flores promoted De Gea into Atletico’s first-team seven seasons ago after noticing his talent.
De Gea impressed during his early career at Atletico and was close to making Spain’s victorious squad for the 2010 World Cup. Flores believes De Gea, who was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid this summer, is the best keeper in the world.
“I gave David his debut. He was the third-choice ‘keeper and after one month he was first-choice. He was amazing. You just need to focus on the training and watch how he is taking the ball and handling it. For me he is probably the best goalkeeper in the world,” Flores said.
“I got a present after two years when we separated, it was a clock. The watch is an antique, golden on a chain. You wear it in your pocket. It is very English. I don’t remember but I think there was an inscription. I still have it. I won’t wear it, that’s too much.
“He has everything, he is more than a goalkeeper. He can control everything, the ball in the air. He is good in the goal and out of the goal. For me he is the top three best goalkeepers in the world.
“It would be perfect for the Premier League for him to stay and perfect for him. He needed to come here to learn. I’ve talked a lot about De Gea but with his confidence it will be very difficult to score past him.”
De Gea is rightly considered to be among the best in the world in his position alongside Manuel Neuer. Thankfully for United, a proposed move to Madrid fell through due to late paperwork. He could have easily kicked up a fuss at Old Trafford but the way he has reintegrated into the first-team has been nothing short of superb. De Gea will be hopeful of keeping a clean sheet against his former manager’s side this weekend.