Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has hinted that Manchester United’s David de Gea will go to this summer’s World Cup, while saying he will not make the decision public until he names his squad for the tournament after the club season ends.
Del Bosque is sure to bring Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas and Napoli’s Pepe Reina to Brazil, but now has to choose a third goalkeeper as Barcelona’s Victor Valdes has been ruled out with a serious knee injury.
De Gea, 23, was a squad member for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France in March 2013 when Casillas was injured and also called up for Spain’s Euro 2012 warm-up friendlies while he was still captain of Spain’s under-21 side. He has been widely tipped to get the nod, but Casillas’ Madrid rival Diego Lopez, Olympiakos’ Roberto Jimenez and Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla are also contenders.
“I have in mind the third keeper, but allow me not to say anything,” Del Bosque told AS. “Of course [De Gea] is one of the possibilities to come. He has already been with us a few times.”
The veteran coach said however that it was more prudent to wait until later to make his final call, in case further injuries enforced another change in his thinking.
“Anybody can be injured, we would need to call up another,” he said. “It is logical to pass the time we have in front of us. There are still seven weeks to go and anything can happen.”