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De Gea backed to fill VDV void

Ben Foster is backing goalkeeper David de Gea to fill the "huge shoes" at Manchester United left by Edwin van der Sar's retirement.

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Foster, who has just moved from Birmingham to West Brom on loan, was back-up keeper at Old Trafford behind Van der Sar. He rates De Gea, but admits it may take "a few years" for 20-year-old Gea to fully settle into the role.

"I looked at a few Youtube videos of De Gea when there was talk of United signing him and he looked unbelievable," Foster said. "He does look as if he has got absolutely everything. He is so quick and agile.

"It has been well documented that he needs to get on the weights a bit but the football attributes are all there to be a huge success. It is a difficult one, replacing Edwin. It isn't so much about making world-class saves every single game. You go some games without even touching the ball.

"I don't think there is anyone who could have done the job Edwin did at United the last four or five years any better. He was kind of indispensable at United but David has got everything to be a success there.

"Obviously he will have a lot of the spotlight on him. He is stepping into huge shoes and he needs to fill those shoes of Edwin's, which is hard to do. It make take him a few years to fully settle into the role but he will be one who is there for a long time. He looks like he has got everything."

Foster is still not making himself available for England at this juncture of his career after deciding to take a temporary break from international duty when at Birmingham last season.

He said: "I haven't had a re-think at all. I found last season when I was just concentrating on playing for Birmingham that I seem to get my best form. I haven't re-thought things at all and am concentrating on playing club football."

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