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The young German has no regrets on switching from England to the Bundesliga and is confident that he has done enough to earn a place in the national squad for Euro 2012

By Claas Philipp

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has revealed that he is fully focused on life with Hannover, saying "I rarely look over to Manchester."

The 23-year-old joined the German outfit in May 2010 on a free transfer from the Red Devils, after struggling to make his mark under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He has since established himself as the club’s No.1 and has impressed in both the Bundesliga and a run to the Europa League quarter-finals.

Speaking exclusively to, the German expressed his happiness with life in his homeland, adding that he rarely gives his former employers a second thought.

When asked how closely he follows the Premier League leaders, Zieler said: "Not very. My full focus is on Hannover. I feel totally comfortable, things are going very well on the pitch - so I rarely look over to Manchester."

The shot-stopper would also not be drawn on current United keeper David de Gea, who has recovered from early criticism to put in a string of fine performances.

"I cannot judge at all, because I've seen so few games with him. Finally, it is not my place to assess De Gea," he said of the Spaniard, adding: "It is always difficult [being a goalkeeper].

“I mean, currently not only goalkeepers but players in general are criticised very quickly. So you just have to live with the press watching closely. Mistakes are part of the game for goalkeepers, no one is flawless. Each must find his own way to deal with criticism."

"Currently not only goalkeepers but players in general are criticised very quickly, so you just have to live with the press watching closely"

- Ron-Robert Zieler
The youngster has put himself in contention for a call-up to the Germany squad for Euro 2012 and believes that he is the clear favourite to accompany Manuel Neuer and Tim Wiese to Poland and Ukraine.

"One can never be 100 per cent sure, but I see myself as a clear number three,” the youngster enthused. “My performances in recent weeks, and most recently against Koln, have proven that.”

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Finally, the 23-year-old revealed his conviction that an aggressive approach to goalkeeping is important in the modern game.

"I believe that a modern goalkeeper needs to be properly trained very well in every area," he added.

"My game is very aggressive, I try to catch a lot of crosses. This is obviously risky, but that's my game. The goalkeepers are now more than ever able to intercept balls early, to read the game and avoid dangerous situations from the outset.

"Ultimately, our job is still to prevent goals: even though we often speak of a modern goalkeeper, the normal goalkeeping play is still part of the game."