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05/01/2014 15:07, Report by A Marshall & J Tuck
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De Gea Spanish delight

David De Gea is glad to see his fellow Spaniards thriving in England, with Sunday's FA Cup opponents Swansea City having no fewer than eight of his countrymen in their squad.

The highly-rated keeper is enjoying a fine personal campaign again for the Reds and is one of a number of former La Liga stars making their mark in the Barclays Premier League.

After facing Spurs striker Roberto Soldado in midweek, De Gea was rested for United's 2-1 defeat against the Swans, who fielded Chico Flores, Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Alejandro Pozuelo and Alvaro Vazquez.

"I'm in touch with a few of the other Spaniards," he told ManUtd.com. "It's great to have Spanish friends close to you in England and, from a Spanish point of view, it's terrific to see some quality players from my country doing well here.

"Two of my good friends are at Swansea. I know them from the Spanish Under-21 side: Jordi Amat and Alvaro Vazquez. And Swansea is a team which likes to play good football. They like to use the ball well, so it suits those guys because they play to a high standard. Chico Flores has been a terrific player for them and so has Michu, although he's injured at the moment, and their winger Pablo Hernandez, too. To be honest, they’re a team who play very attractive football."

De Gea believes it was easy to understand why some Spaniards perhaps did not make an instant impact in the past but feels the individual's quality will always shine through.

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