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The Red Devils' shot-stopper could be set for showdown talks with his club boss after expressing an interest in representing Spain at both Euro 2012 and The Games in London

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea looks set to clash with his manager Sir Alex Ferguson after expressing an interest in playing in the 2012 Olympic Games, according to The Sunday Mirror.

De Gea is likely to be named in Spain’s Euro 2012 squad in the summer and is also eligible to play in the London Olympics a month later. Sir Alex has argued that players should not take part in both tournaments as it could have an adverse effect on pre-season preparations with their club sides.

The 21-year-old is still to make his full international debut and is currently fourth in the pecking order for the national side, behind Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina. But two years ago the shot-stopper was named in Spain’s provisional squad for the World Cup before being dropped.

If the former Atletico Madrid man is selected by Spain manager Vincente del Bosque for his squad to travel to Ukraine and Poland in June, it won’t alter his plans to represent his country at the Olympics.

De Gea told The Sunday Mirror: “The Olympics is an important competition for me and for the rest of the ­players. It’s such a great ­competition. I have a real ­desire to be there and to win it.”

The Red Devils' boss is set to lose four first-team players to the London Games, with Ryan Giggs, the Da Silva twins (Rafael and Fabio) and De Gea all set to be picked by their respective countries for the tournament that finishes a week before the first game of the new Premier League season.

The Spanish keeper has battled through a turbulent introduction to life in England, but is now in sparkling form and looking to establish himself as one of the greats.

De Gea said: “Bit by bit my confidence is increasing. I have come to a new league, a new country but overall it has gone well and I think things have gone better and better.

“When that happens you get more self-belief and confidence. English [football] is different from the football in Spain. The league is more physically aggressive and there’s more one-on-one contact and maybe the referees let things flow a bit more.

“But I am very happy at United. I love the football in England. We have a group of young players who are the key to a strong future for United for many years.

“[Paul] Pogba, [Tom] Cleverley, [Danny] Welbeck, Rafael and myself all played against ­Athletic Bilbao this week and that is good for the future of the club.

“But our objective now is straightforward – to win the league. We’re in the lead, which gives us a good chance, but it’s a hard, competitive title-race.

“I don’t know about that. Both teams have hard games ahead of them and we know it will be a hard fight for whoever wins the league.

“You see often in the English league that even the bottom team can cause problems for whoever is at the top.

“But that’s what makes it such a great league too.”

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