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De Gea can emulate Schmeichel and Van der Sar

Manchester-United-v-Arsenal (3)David De Gea can emulate Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van der Sar if he chooses to remain at the club, according to Manchester United goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek.

The Spaniard was named United’s player of the season for the second consecutive season but has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, as the Spanish giants look for a replacement for Iker Casillas.

Hoek, who has worked with Louis van Gaal at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland, believes De Gea can become as good as two of his most illustrious predecessors.

“He is now at one of the biggest club in the world,” Hoek said.

“The moment you are playing at a high level there, you’re great and if you continue to do that, then automatically you become one of the better ones in the world.

“He showed at a very young age – he became 24 this season – that he is able to do the job in all elements of the game, in construction, but also in defence.

“So nothing stands on his way to become one of the best like Schmeichel, like Van der Sar at United.”