Manchester United's Spanish midfield star Ander Herrera believes compatriot David de Gea has the potential to become the best goalkeeper in the world.
De Gea rise
De Gea, who had a turbulent start to life in Manchester, has redeemed himself with a string of consistent performances between the sticks over the past couple of seasons. The Spaniard kept a clean sheet in United's 3-0 league win over Hull City at the weekend and Herrera believes the 24-year-old can go on to become the finest custodian on the planet.
Speaking to the club's official website, Herrera said: “He has been fantastic and is one of the best players in the world at 24 years old."
"He has been fantastic and is one of the best players in the world at 24 years old."
De Gea, who recently won his first cap for the Spanish national team, has been tipped for a permanent berth in the starting XI for La Roja after severe criticism of captain Iker Casillas continues to plague him following his dip in form.
"He wants to help the team get to the top of the league, like me, like everyone. We feel he can become one of the best if not the best goalkeeper in the world," Herrera said of his teammate and close friend.
De Gea remains shrouded in a cloud of rumours linking him with a move away from Old Trafford. Real Madrid are rumoured to be keeping close tabs on the 24-year-old to replace Casillas as the club's No.1.
There were reports earlier last month about the Old Trafford outfit offering De Gea a brand new contract worth a whopping £30 million deal to keep him out of Real's clutches. The new five-year-deal could see his weekly wage take a huge leap to £120,000-per-week.
But so far there has been little progress in that department and United would be wise to tie him down in a long term deal as soon as possible or risk losing him.