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Iker Casillas: David De Gea is a nice boy – he would be well received at Madrid

Published 27/05/2015 | 16:54

David de Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid
David de Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper has welcomed the speculation linking David De Gea to the club, though admitted he does not have a close relationship with the Manchester United shot-stopper.

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The former Atletico Madrid keeper has been linked strongly with a move to neighbours and arch-rivals Real, though United have offered their Player of the Season a reported £200,000-a-week contract to remain at Old Trafford.

Manager Louis van Gaal has urged De Gea to end the speculation by making a decision on his future and Casillas has told Spanish media he would welcome the 24-year-old in the squad.

"Why not? I would survive," the 161-cap Spanish international told Cadena Ser. "I'm delighted with the competition. There's no clause in my contract which says I have to start, I have to compete and fight. I would like to finish my career here, to win titles.

"We have talked with the national team, we don't have a very close relationship but we have always got on really well," he continued.

"If he comes, David seems to be a really nice boy. As a goalkeeper it's clear, he has the future ahead of him. People are talking about David and others, if finally he comes he will be well received, we will help him, we will help each other in what we're lacking and we will have to compete like we compete in the national team."

The 34-year-old is adamant that his fellow Spaniard could handle the pressure that comes with joining Real after cementing his reputation in the Premier League with united.

"Yes, I think [he can handle the pressure]. No disrespect to Atletico Madrid, which is obviously a great club, but Manchester United are a bigger club, and I'm sure his time at United will have served as a wonderful experience."

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