Report: Real Madrid don’t need Manchester United’s David de Gea, says former president

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Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes that Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told TalkSport that the European champions don’t need Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Spanish keeper has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu following a series of scintillating performances in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons.

Rumours of a move have now intensified after United completed the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes last week.

However, Calderon, who was president at Madrid between 2006 and 2009, doesn’t think that his old club need to sign De Gea because they already have the best goalkeeper in the world in the shape of Iker Casillas.

"We already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Casillas," he told talkSPORT. "We also have just bought Keylor Navas. I don't see any need to get any other goalkeeper."

That will come as new to both fans of Madrid and Spain, as Casillas has come in for criticism recently following a series of high profile errors and poor displays.

Casillas came in for particular criticism during the World Cup in which Spain failed to progress from their group and defend their title.

The goalkeeper has recently worked his way back into the Madrid team, though, after previously being left out by Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. He recently told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he hopes to continue in the future.

"I’ll be 36 by the time my contract ends in 2017,” he said. "I need to be realistic.

"At that age, things must slowly be considered. I hope the club tells me that they want me to continue, but I think I should go step by step."

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