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Woods: De Gea can be world's best

David De Gea has all the necessary attributes to become the world's best goalkeeper, according to his coach at Manchester United Chris Woods.

David has got everything that you need to be the best and he has just got to keep doing what he is doing at the moment.

It is about achieving a level of consistency, which he is now doing but I don't want to tempt fate.

He has everything needed to be up there with the best.

– Manchester United goalkeeping coach Chris Woods

Costa: I owe Spain my allegiance

Diego Costa has revealed he committed his international future to Spain over Brazil because he believes he owes his adopted home more.

I hope people understand and respect my decision because it has been very difficult.

It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything.

I looked at everything and saw that it was right and best to play for Spain because this is where I have done everything. All that I have in my life was given to me by this country.

I have a special affection. Here I feel very appreciated for all that I do and I feel the love of the people.

– Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa


Costa set for Brazil call

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he will pick Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has indicated his wish to change allegiance and represent Spain, for next month's friendly internationals.

Costa was granted Spanish nationality in July and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month asked FIFA for permission to register the player.

Negredo hoping to nail down Spain starting spot

Negredo came on and scored for Spain last Friday. Credit: PA

Alvaro Negredo is determined to make the most of any chance he gets with Spain as he looks to secure a regular starting spot in the world champions' attack.

Spain do not have a recognised first-choice striker at present with the likes of Negredo, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente, Roberto Soldado and Michu all competing for the job.

The Manchester City man said at a press conference on Sunday: "It's very tough in the national team, there are a lot of good players, so when we go out on the pitch we give it everything, and sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't.

"As strikers we live for goals. In the last game against Belarus I was fortunate enough to get on the pitch and score the second, on other days things don't go so well. You need to take advantage of the minutes you get because the competition is tough."


Spain qualifier in doubt after explosion

Mallorca's Iberostar Stadium, where a generator exploded. Credit: PA

Spain's World Cup qualifier against Belarus could be in doubt after a generator exploded at Mallorca's Iberostar Stadium where the game was due to take place on Friday.

According to reports in Spain, one of three generators at the stadium exploded after a severe electrical fault which left three people injured - two seriously - and the damage could be too extensive to repair in time for the Group I clash.

Both teams are expected to suspend their training sessions at the stadium, which is home to Primera Division side Real Mallorca, on Thursday evening.

The game against Belarus is scheduled to kick-off on Friday at 10pm local time.

Michu ready to grasp chance

Michu ready to grasp chance

Swansea forward Michu insists he does not feel hard done by not to have earned a call up from Spain before now and is focusing his efforts on enjoying his first time with Vicente del Bosque's record-breaking group and learning from the experience.

I don't feel that it's been unfair for me not to have been with La Roja before. It's very difficult to get here. There are a lot of top-quality players in Spain who aren't here.

I don't know him that well, but the coach seems to me a fair person.

For any player, being in the national team is the best.

To wear the shirt of the Spain team is to wear the shirt of the best team in the world. It's a dream, every kid dreams of this and I feel privileged. It's my biggest achievement.

– Swansea forward Michu

Michu living the dream

Swansea forward Michu is in dreamland after winning his first call-up to the Spain squad.

Every Spanish footballer dreams of this and it's so difficult. Few people can wear the shirt of the best team in the world.

There are a lot of players missing, but there are great players in the squad. Let's see if fortune is with me and I can play, although I'm already grateful to be called up.

It's the maximum to which a footballer can aspire. The national team is the best in the world, it's a privilege

I'm enjoying it like a kid, these are the best players in the world and it will be complicated, but I'll try to take advantage of the opportunity.

– Swansea forward Michu speaking to Cadena SER and Radio Marca
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