Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has said it would be 'great' if Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas arrived at Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils had a bid rejected for the 26-year-old earlier this month, but De Gea was full of praise for his compatriot.

"It would be great if Cesc Fabregas came here," said De Gea, who was quoted by the Daily Mail. "He is a great player, very skilful, knows how to win things and you always want those type of players in your team."

The Spaniard also spoke of the adaptations he has made to get used to the physical side of English football, and described how he is enjoying the physical side of the game in the Premier League.

"I knew I had to become bigger physically," he added. "You can see how I look different to when I first came here and I have much more muscle.

"I've worked hard in the gym, lifting heavy weights and doing a lot of exercises. It was a very intense regime. I changed my diet too and now eat an awful lot more than before.

"In training, the players would deliberately hit high balls into me and barge into me so I'd get used to that side of the English game. I actually enjoy the physical side of it all now."

De Gea also spoke of the praise he has been receiving in recent months off fans and fellow goalkeepers such as Iker Casillas, and the player has confidence that he will one day be looked on like legends such as Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.

"It's very humbling but, yes, it's possible," he continued. "Those words motivate me to reach that goal. When Edwin van der Sar said he was leaving United I wanted to be the man to replace him.

"I was given that chance and I'm not going to let it go. I would love it if one day the fans speak of me in the same way as Edwin and Peter Schmeichel. That would mean all the hard work has paid off."

The £18.9m man has improved drastically since arriving at the recently-crowned champions Manchester United by becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the league.


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