Vicente del Bosque has intimated that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will be included in his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup this summer, but emphasised that his final decision will not be made until after the domestic season finishes.
ESPN reports how the 23-year-old has been tipped to replace the injured Victor Valdes as Spain's third-choice stopper behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, after the Barcelona custodian was ruled out of the competition after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
De Gea has been one of Manchester United's star performers in an otherwise disappointing campaign at Old Trafford, and his form for David Moyes's side has not gone unnoticed by his international boss.
"I have in mind the third keeper, but allow me not to say anything," Del Bosque told Spanish newspaper AS. "Of course [De Gea] is one of the possibilities to come. He has already been with us a few times.
"[But] anybody can be injured, we would need to call up another. It is logical to pass the time we have in front of us. There are still seven weeks to go and anything can happen."
Other names that are thought to be in the frame in addition to the Red Devils goalkeeper are Real Madrid's Diego Lopez, Olympiakos' Roberto Jimenez and Espanyol's Kiko Casilla.
However, having been called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France in Casillas's absence last month, De Gea remains the favourite to book his place on the plane bound for Brazil this summer.