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Spain No. 1 David De Gea praises Kepa, warns him over leaving La Liga

Spain No. 1 David De Gea praises Kepa, warns him over leaving La Liga
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Manchester United's David De Gea says he has been impressed by how good Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is and warned the youngster to stay in Spain.

Kepa, 23, is considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Spain and has been linked with Real Madrid for months. He has been in talks with Athletic over a new deal since January but negotiations have been unsuccessful.

Reports in Spain claim that Kepa, who made his senior international debut in Saturday's 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica, could leave Bilbao as early as January 2018, before he becomes a free agent in the summer.

De Gea, who almost joined Real Madrid himself in August 2015 before signing a new deal, said in a news conference ahead of Spain's friendly away to Russia on Tuesday: "Kepa is still very young. He has a long career ahead of him. But his head is in the right place.

"When you train with him you realise that he has a very high level. He is a great goalkeeper. He needs to continue to compete at this level and grow game after game.

"I am also young and we [De Gea, Kepa and Pepe Reina] are here with the maximum enthusiasm to help the national team."

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