David De Gea has been acknowledged in Spanish publication Marca as a 'potential future captain' for Manchester United.
That may not happen next season, with Wayne Rooney favourite to become club captain following the departure of Nemanja Vidic. However, it will be pleasing for De Gea to see that he is finally getting some well deserved recognition following two seasons of outstanding form.
He is now arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. It will give De Gea some optimism that he may be making some headway towards an opportunity with Spain.
Currently, the Manchester United goalkeeper is behind Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina for the national team. However, the form he has shown in his last two seasons for the Red Devils show that he is more than capable of performing at the highest level and ultimately deserves the opportunity.
At Manchester United, De Gea is one of the key performers and has gone 270 minutes without conceding in the Premier League. The report in Marca likens De Gea to former Old Trafford favourite, Peter Schmeichel who spent 8 successful years between the sticks at Old Trafford.
If De Gea can achieve half of what the Danish giant did, then he will be considered a success. However, many believe that he has the potential to surpass Schmeichel and Edwin Van Der Sar and become United's greatest goalkeeper of the last 25 years. If he continues to develop at the rate he has been, then this target is well within the 23-year old Spaniard's grasp.
With that in mind, De Gea has brought himself to the attention of Vicente Del Bosque with the World Cup in Brazil coming up. That may come to soon for De Gea, but he is the future number 1 for Spain, without any doubt.
For De Gea, the positive press in his homeland, will give him a confidence boost and the anticipation that a call up to the full national squad, and a debut, will be forthcoming. De Gea's form merits Marca's complimentary report and he has much to offer Manchester United and La Roja.
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