David de Gea backed by fans to replace Iker Casillas

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David de Gea has been heavily backed by Spanish football fans to take the No.1 jersey off of Iker Casillas in the national side.

A poll conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca revealed that almost 84 per cent of fans wants Casillas dropped in favour of the Manchester United star. So far over 10,000 people have voted, with around 8,500 in favour of De Gea.

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The poll came after Spain suffered their first defeat in a qualifier for eight years. The reigning European champions were humbled 2-1 away to Slovakia to put a slight dent in the qualification campaign.

That defeat follows a disastrous defence of their World Cup title in Brazil this summer, where they crashed out of the group stage with just three points. Despite the failure Vicente del Bosque kept his job as manager and Casillas retained his place despite high profile errors.


Friday morning's papers in Spain are calling for revolution. Casillas has fallen far from his brilliant best for both club and country and Del Bosque has been highly criticised for the preferential treatment of his captain.

But after another shock defeat, there are fears that Spain are heading for crisis. De Gea is young and in terrific form for Manchester United and the fans think he is ready to take up the mantle for possibly the next decade.

Despite his terrific form and the fact that he is the most expensive goalkeeper in Premier League history, he has only made two appearances for the senior national side. Fans want that to change.

Real Madrid interest

Interestingly, De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this week, where he could be in line to replace Casillas at club level. Earning £135,000-a-week, Casillas is struggling to justify his position in the squad and he admitted that he was considering an exit.

Should Casillas leave, The Express believe that Carlo Ancelotti's first choice to replace him will be the Manchester United stopper. While Manchester United are in a strong financial position and would be able to reject any offer, De Gea would no doubt be tempted to move back to his homeland to become a star for the biggest club.

However, his affiliation with Real's arch rivals Atletico means he could hold slight reservations about moving to the Bernabeu.

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