David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in world football, according to his Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones.
The Red Devils defender heaped praise on the Old Trafford custodian, and claimed his difficult start to life in the Premier League helped get the Spain international to where he is today.
"I think that start is one of the main reasons why he is where he is today," Jones is quoted saying by the Manchester Evening News. "It was a tough test and he's come through that with flying colours.
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"You've seen the performances this season, he's been terrific. He's world class, there's not doubt about it. For me, he's the best goalkeeper in the world.
"There are no two ways about it; some might say I'm biased, but he's fantastic. The way he's progressed, you can't get any better."
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Jones' comments come as Louis van Gaal is sweating over whether or not De Gea pens a new deal at the Theatre of Dreams, following frequent speculation he could leave the club this summer, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring the player's signature.
With just over 12 months to run on his existing deal the 24-year-old has a big decision to make, as the club will probably cash-in on his services if he decides against signing an extension to avoid the risk of losing De Gea for nothing next year.
Qualification for the Champions League could prove decisive in convincing the former Atletico Madrid man to stay put, and Manchester United need just one more point from their remaining two games to achieve that goal.
"He just continues to get better and better, full credit to him. He's a humble lad, he's quiet, but he goes about his business the right way and he's a credit to himself.
"Obviously the decision isn't up to me, but he's a massive player for this club. Hopefully he'll be at United next season."
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