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Man Utd's de Gea determined to help Spain to Olympic glory

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is hoping he can be a part of a triumphant Spanish team at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year old is set to take the gloves for his country who are looking to add Olympic gold to their current European and World champion titles and he feels the group of players assembled are capable of achieving glory.

"This is a huge event, worldwide, one that has enormous repercussions," he told The Guardian.

"We're talking about a unique competition; special, completely different. One we're taking very seriously.

"Imagine it - standing there on the podium, the national anthem playing, a gold medal round your neck ... it is a dream.

"There are players here who have won everything with the senior side (Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Javi Martinez) and yet they desperately wanted to be here with us too. That says it all.

"We have played together for a long time. We know each other, how we play, how we work, and we get on well.

"We play like the senior side. The style is the same at all levels, bring the ball out from the back, keep possession, work gaps to create chances. It's like that from the Under-15s all the way through. That's the Spanish way and it has triumphed."

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Andrew Slevison
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