Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was included in the Spain squad for the World Cup when it was announced by Vicente del Bosque on Tuesday. De Gea has benefited from injury to Victor Valdes, and will travel to Brazil in place of the soon to be former Barcelona No.1.
Spain’s squad may be a preliminary 30-man one but, with only three goalkeepers named, De Gea will be in the final selection, alongside Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, barring a catastrophic turn of events in the pre-tournament training camp.
De Gea’s inclusion is a signal that Del Bosque has identified the Old Trafford star as the ‘perfect’ long-term replacement to Casillas, reports Marca, with the Real Madrid icon set to be 34 when Spain reach their next tournament - Euro 2016.
The Manchester United custodian, meanwhile, is aged only 23 and represents the future for Spain - something Del Bosque is reported to be ‘well aware’ of. But could De Gea also replace Casillas at club level?
De Gea has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid for some time and any sustained failure endured by Manchester United could, perhaps, tempt the Spanish capital native to pursue a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.