De Gea relishes Van der Sar test
Manchester United target David de Gea has admitted he wanted Barcelona to win the recent Champions League final.
The 20-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper told Gazzetta dello Sport: “[I supported] Barcelona [in the final], but without any special euphoria.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lost 3-1 in last month’s Wembley final – a match which represented the final competitive game for United’s great goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who retired.
De Gea now looks set to take over the number one jersey from the Dutchman this summer and it is something the Spaniard harbours special feelings about.
“The fact they are thinking of me as a replacement for such a great goalkeeper is something I like,” he was quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport as saying.
“But it’s necessary to keep fighting and working hard because we are only at the beginning and to reach that level there is a lot more to be done.
“Let’s hope [I can play like Van der Sar at his age]. At the moment it’s difficult to look so far ahead, but I would like to [be able to]. I need strength, luck and to take good care of my body because football consumes you. But let’s hope so.”
United will have to wait for the Under-21 European Championships to end before they can seal a deal for De Gea as he remains unwilling to discuss his future until after the tournament ends.