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Edwin van der Sar will always be my inspiration: De Gea

June 16, 2011 - London

Athletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea has said that Dutch vetran Edwin van der Sar will always be his inspiration at Manchester United when he replaces him at Old Trafford next season.

The Atletico Madrid stopper is expected to tie up an 18-million-pound switch when he finishes Under-21 duty with Spain this month.

Van der Sar quit at the age of 40 and De Gea, 20, said: "The fact they are thinking of me as a replacement for such a great goalkeeper as Van der Sar is great."

The Sun quoted him, as saying: "Let's hope I can play like Van der Sar at his age. To do it I'd need strength, luck and to take good care of my body because football consumes you. But let's hope so."


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