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De Gea not daunted by Old Trafford challenge

Atletico Madrid ‘keeper is currently on international duty at the U-21 European Championships with Spain while Bebe is out the door for a year.

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea with his team mates this week.
Spain goalkeeper David de Gea with his team mates this week.
Image: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

SPANISH GOALKEEPER DAVID De Gea says he’s excited by the possibility of moving to Manchester United.

Though the Atletico Madrid custodian could become the world’s most expensive goalkeepers if he joins the Old Trafford side, he is only concerned about being a worthy replacement for Edwin van der Sar.

De Gea, currently on duty with the Spanish U-21 side at the European Championships, is widely thought to be the man Alex Ferguson has pinpointed to replace the retiring Van der Sar.

A fee of £18million has been mentioned for the 20-year-old, but he claims that does not interest him and that if he does move to Manchester, he will only be concerned with ably filling Van der Sar`s boots.

“I feel incredibly motivated by the fact that Manchester United are thinking about me,” he said.

“I like the fact that they are considering me as a replacement for a goalkeeper of Edwin van der Sar’s calibre. I will need to keep on striving and working hard, as I am still in the outset of my career, and I still have much to do at this level.

“I hope I will still be playing when I am his age. It is hard to look so far ahead but it is something I want to do. The fact that I could become one of the most expensive goalkeepers ever does not interest me. The value that really counts is what you do on the pitch.”

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One man who won’t be there to welcoem De Gea to Manchester, should the transfer go through, is Bebe.

The United forward Bebe has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan, the Premier League champions have confirmed on their website.

- additional reporting AP

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