David De Gea believes his international teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga would be best served staying in Spain as he continues his development at Athletic Bilbao.
The 23-year-old, who is rated as one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe, has been linked with Real Madrid and Arsenal in recent months.
De Gea believes Arrizabalaga has a ‘long career ahead of him’ and says he quickly realised in training that he was a ‘great goalkeeper’.
The Manchester United star, who signed from La Liga club Atletico Madrid in 2011, also said that staying in his home country would benefit Arrizabalaga.
‘All the players like me that leave Spain, we are not followed as much as those that are playing at home and people forget a little bit about us,’ De Gea said ahead of Spain’s 3-3 draw with Russia on Tuesday evening.
‘That is why we try to be there and do things to be talked about.
‘Kepa is still very young. He has a long career ahead of him. But his head is in the right place.
‘When you train with him you realise that he has a very high level. He is a great goalkeeper. He needs to continue to compete at this level and grow game after game.’
Arrizabalaga made his debut for Athletic Bilbao’s first-team in 2015 and is already being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in January.