Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has admitted that while “it will be difficult” for David de Gea to emulate the feats of Iker Casillas, the Manchester United goalkeeper has the credentials to do so.
De Gea has been in excellent form for Man United but he is still considered second-choice behind Porto’s Casillas when it comes to international duty.
Casillas has won a number of trophies at Real Madrid and with the Spanish national side.
When asked whether De Gea could match Casillas, Del Bosque claimed that it is possible despite the long and successful career that Spain’s current No.1 has had.
“He has the ability to emulate him, yes. We forget sometimes that he has spent four or five seasons as Manchester United’s goalkeeper,” Del Bosque said.
”And if you look at the other keepers they’ve had, that’s la leche (the business). This is the goal defended by [Peter] Schmeichel, [Edwin] Van der Sar, [Fabian] Barthez: three great goalkeepers. And then along comes this kid and, bit by bit, establishes himself. But look, it’s very difficult to do what Iker has done, in terms of quality and quantity.”
Casillas has enjoyed a sensational career but there is no reason why De Gea can’t match him if he continues his upward trajectory. De Gea is just 25 years old and has plenty of years at the highest level ahead of him. The hope is that he spends them at United.