De Gea: Spain should wait for Costa

David De Gea believes Spain should give Diego Costa every chance to prove his fitness for the World Cup.

The Manchester United goalkeeper spoke before reporters today and was fulsome in his praise for Costa, his former Atletico Madrid teammate.

“He is important for the team. I think we should wait,” AS reports De Gea as saying.

“I met him several years ago. He’s exploded this year and he makes a difference.

“He’s had an impressive year and now we have to wait. We want him to be 100%.”

De Gea has been included in the Spain squad after Victor Valdes’ season ended early due to injury and admits he is eager to make his debut for La Roja.

“I want to debut. I know the level of our goalkeepers is high and there are players of many levels,” he said.

“I’m trying to make the most of my opportunity and hopefully I can.

“There is a lot of speculation about who will go to Brazil and who won’t. It’s to be expected.

“There are nerves among the players and we should expect nothing more.

“There are players who have won everything. I see the great enthusiasm of these players to never lose.

“The Coach hasn’t said anything about [the team to play Bolivia on Friday]. We’re enjoying these days.

“It’s true the lower levels are doing well and winning. I played two European Championships. We try to emulate the seniors. We can’t throw away those players.”

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