De Gea amongst the best in the world, believes Real Madrid goalkeeping icon

Paco Buyo has offered his views on the goalkeeping situation at Real Madrid.

An iconic goalkeeper during his own time with Real Madrid during the 1980's and 1990's, Paco Buyo has offered his thoughts to Spanish sports outlet Marca, regarding the seemingly imminent arrival of David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu.

When considering that Real Madrid already have Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla, who was signed from Espanyol earlier in the summer, Buyo offered the view: "It's a complicated situation, but De Gea is at an exceptional level, he's excellent, he has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League."

Asked whether he thinks De Gea can be considered amongst the best goalkeepers in the world, he suggested: "There are some great goalkeepers around the world. To be the best goalkeeper in the world you have to be very consistent, but he's been at an exceptional level for a few years now."

As for his view on whether De Gea moving to Real Madrid is a good move, Buyo assured: "I think David de Gea brings very good qualities, enough to become one of the three best keepers in the world, without any doubts. I think he's amongst the best four or five right now for sure."

Along with reports claiming De Gea will leave Old Trafford for a fee of around €30 million, Marca also insist Costa Rican international Keylor Navas will head in the opposite direction, for a price-tag of between €12 and €15 million.

Whether that move happens or not, Buyo explained: "Keylor Navas has been exceptional in Spain. The last season he had with Levante was extraordinary. Also in the Costa Rican national team, he showed his great stature at the World Cup, where he was one of the best goalkeepers."

If the reported arrival of De Gea collapses at the last minute, Buyo believes Real Madrid are more than well covered between the posts, concluding: "Everything indicates Keylor Navas should be first-choice, but we also have Kiko Casilla who was formed at Real Madrid, until he went to Espanyol. He has experience now."

"If De Gea doesn't end up coming, Real Madrid aren't going to have problems whatsoever in the goalkeeping position." He assured with confidence.

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