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Ferguson puts his eyes on De Gea

Thin, tall, blonde, world class goalkeeper. You are probably thinking on Van der Sar, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t. The future of Old Trafford goal is in the hands of a 20 year old: David De Gea. This is more than a rumour, more than a beautiful coincidence used to fill newspaper’s lines column inches. It is said that the agreement between Manchester United and the player is very close.

The career of David De Gea at Atlético de Madrid has been meteoric. He was promoted to the first team after great performances with the reserves and with Spain national youth teams. He was going to be the third goalkeeper of the squad, but Sergio Asenjo and Roberto’s injuries allowed him to make his debut in Primera División. He took the opportuny and became indispensable for Quique Sanchez Flores.

De Gea keeps on showing all his quality in his second season at the highest level of Spanish football: His reflexes, agility and huge self-confidence shine. He could be the next Spain’s goalkeeper when Iker Casillas retires and Sir Alex Ferguson knows it.

It is said that Atlético and ManU have already reached an agreement and I believe it. Atlético de Madrid’s board is well-known for his disastrous way of running the club – e.g last week they offered Forlán to nearby rival Real Madrid! The obstacle is that De Gea doesn’t want to leave the colchoneros. Maybe he fears his Premier League career won’t be as brilliant as he had thought, like Fernando Torres’ in Liverpool.

He should be as calm about this move as he is when he is on the field. Manchester United would provide him the opportunity to become a world-class player and he should take advantage of it.