De Gea sets ambitious goals

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Manchester United’s incoming goalkeeper David de Gea is setting some ambitious targets for his time at Old Trafford, with the stopper not only hoping to emulate Edwin van der Sar, but to win the Champions League within a season as well.

"Aiming to win the Champions League is realistic,'' de Gea told the official Manchester United website.

''That is what we're going to do.''

The 20-year-old is no doubt a signing that Sir Alex Ferguson hopes will be with Manchester United for the long term, and will be a top-class replacement for legendary stopper Edwin van der Sar, who retired at the end of the season.


De Gea has spoken highly of Van der Sar before, but the Spaniard is now setting the clear goal of emulating Van der Sar’s ability to create an unstoppable wall for opposition shots.

''Edwin has been the best goalkeeper in the world whilst here at United," de Gea said.

''I hope to emulate him and spend a great number of years here. Hopefully I will equal or even surpass the performance and contribution he made to the club.

''There are differences between the two (leagues).

''The Premier League is known to be a more physical style of play.

''There are a lot of high balls and a lot of play in the air but I hope to adapt fairly quickly and with my own style hope to contribute to it being an all-round success.''

De Gea said he was excited to meet his star teammates and get back into pre season training, with United heading on a tour of the USA in July with their new stopper, along with new faces Ashley Young and Phil Jones.

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