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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he feels Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has what it takes to become one of the best in the world. Van der Sar is currently with Ajax as the marketing director. The Dutch club are preparing to play against Celtic in the group stages of the Champions league after having suffered a defeat in the reverse fixture. Van der Sar saw the best of Foster in the 2-1 defeat for Ajax and he has revealed that the English goalkeeper could become an international sooner rather than later.
Foster has gained a lot of press in recent months due to Celtic’s Champions league campaign. They went expected to struggle a lot in the Champions league group stages due to the presence of opponents like Barcelona and AC Milan, but Celtic have done exceedingly well so far. It has largely been due to the excellence of Foster. He is a huge goalkeeper standing at 6 ft 7 in. Van der Sar has said that many people said he has a huge frame, but after seeing Foster, he is convinced that this build could make him a top goalkeeper.
“I’m really impressed with Forster. I was down at pitchside when he came out for his warm-up in Glasgow before the Ajax game and I was really struck by his size. People look up to me, they always say I’m a big guy. But he is something else with his enormous frame. I found myself looking up to him. Of course there is more to him than that. He’s playing really well at the moment, “said van der Sar.
He has been constantly linked with appearing for the national team due to constant poor performances of Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper was recently dropped by his club.
Spaniard David de Gea is starting to fulfil his potential at Manchester United after becoming a first-team regular. He has also started making more impressive saves, which has been going unnoticed due to the poor form of the club as a whole. After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club decided to bring in Everton manager David Moyes on a six-year contract. However, the club has been struggling for consistency on the pitch. De Gea has been one of the impressive players – along with Wayne Rooney – and Moyes cannot name many of his players in that category.
As a result, the 23-year-old has spoken about the delight with his current form and he hopes to reproduce the same for years to come. Due to his age, De Gea is only expected to get better with experience. Last season was his first in English football after he came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid. He became one of the most expensive goalkeepers in the history of the game after the £ 18 million move to United, which also appeared to put a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
De Gea says that he would be extremely happy if he gets into the Spain squad, which has many top-class goalkeepers, for the World Cup 2014.
“I am pleased with my contribution so far. I feel very settled here and I am happy with the way I am playing. I am still learning and improving all the time. That is important. I hope to carry on doing that and keep my spot in the team. It is important to be honest. Off the pitch I like to be friendly and enjoy people’s company but when I am on the pitch I am a lot more focused and concentrate totally on the game,” said De Gea.
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The future of David de Gea was heavily speculated last season after the keeper made a series of high-profile mistakes after his arrival from Spain in an £ 18 million deal. This made him one of the most expensive goalkeepers in the history of football. However, he was failing to live up to the expectations in the first few months at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson even dropped him for a couple of matches in favour of the less high-profile Andreas Lindegaard. The former manager, though, eventually put the Spaniard in the first-team on a consistent basis.
It seems to have made him a consistent player and he is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in England. Current United manager David Moyes has said that de Gea should owe a law to Ferguson for the way he rescued his United career. Moyes has been enough of the Spaniard to suggest that his best years are yet to come. The 21-year-old has been a regular for the club this campaign. Even though United conceded two goals against Tottenham during the weekend, de Gea was at his best trying to keep a clean sheet.
“Sir Alex put in a young keeper and there were times when he made mistakes. It was incredibly brave of the manager to stick with him. But he is going to get better and better because he has come through a lot of things. Hopefully the best years are still to come,” said Moyes, who is also getting better at managing a club like United. They have gone 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions after the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
He has kept three clean sheets in the league this campaign in what is turning out to be a transitional period for the club. United’s next match is against Everton.