David de Gea: 'Iker Casillas is still young'

De Gea: 'Casillas is still young'
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea pays tribute to Real Madrid and Spain stopper Iker Casillas by insisting that he has plenty of years left at the top level.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has paid tribute to his Spain teammate Iker Casillas.

Casillas came under criticism for his performances at the World Cup, with the Real Madrid stopper said to be under serious pressure to retain his place in the team.

Indeed, De Gea replaced Casillas in the XI for Thursday's clash with France, but he has insisted that he is not thinking about dethroning the veteran just yet.

"I do not think a lot about replacing Iker. He is still young for a goalkeeper and can still have plenty of years at the top level in football," he told Cadena Cope.

"It's getting a little weird the way the team's changed. Those players have carried Spain for many years and have been key to this team, but the young people pushing hard will do just as well."

Casillas is expected to return to the Spain XI for Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 2, 2014
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