There have been many outstanding performances at the European U21 Championships so far - but one goalkeeper has really stood out: Spain and Manchester United's David de Gea.

When the Spaniard first joined Manchester United, the press were keen to jump on every mistake he made, but De Gea continued to work hard in training and is now showing why Sir Alex Ferguson paid top money for him.

He is currently in Israel with the Spain U21s where he has been fantastic, keeping three clean sheets in their three group games.

He was very impressive in Spain's last group game against Holland, where De Gea made several fantastic saves. Spain are yet to concede a goal at the tournament and that is impressive as Spain have played Germany and Holland, who are two of the more stronger teams in Israel.

De Gea has improved a lot since joining Manchester United two years ago. He has worked on every aspect of his game and his shot stopping is fantastic. His distribution of the ball is possibly the best in Europe for a goalkeeper and he looks set to be the Red Devils' first-choice goalkeeper for many years to come.

The fact that he is still young, and what he has done already in his career, he is on course to be the world's best goalkeeper in the next few seasons. He will undoubtedly be Spain's first-choice goalkeeper in a few seasons - and if he continues to perform like he is he could be the greatest goalkeeper ever.

There is no doubt his value has gone up as well. Manchester United paid around £17m for him, but he is probably worth £25m or more now.     


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