Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has expressed his delight over Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque’s decision to include him for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France.

However, he also took time out to show remorse for Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, who he replaced in the squad due to injury.

De Gea said: “It’s a shame that he can’t be here. He’s the captain, an idol for everyone, but I’m still happy to be here even if it is because he’s missed out through injury.

“I’m happy, very pleased to have got the call. I’m going to try to do the best I can and impress the gaffer.

"I have been very settled in the under-21 side, which is also facing a great challenge soon, but this is a special moment for me.

“I hope I can really enjoy it and learn from these top players who are idols for many people, myself included.”

The Madrid born stopper has been linked with a return to his homeland as a long term replacement for Casillas at Real, and his good form this season has  now been rewarded with a call up for the reigning World Cup and European Championship winners.

His current manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have something to say about this though and after recently praising De Gea after his heroic performance against Real at the Bernabeu last month, he will be keen to hang on to such a prospect now that he’s starting to fulfil his talent.

And De Gea has moved quickly to quash rumours of a return to Spain by declaring his happiness at Old Trafford, saying: “"I am very happy in Manchester and it will be my club for many years.”

Unfortunately for Real, he did refuse to rule out a return to their rivals Atletico in the future, insisting that even though he just wants to focus on Man United for now, he would like to go back someday. He finished by saying: “I would always like to return because the love that they gave me there was special."


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