David De Gea has been informed by Spanish team management that he is no longer the team’s number 1 following inconsistent displays.
De Gea was dropped for the Euro 2020 qualification game against Sweden which La Roja won 3-0. In his place, Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was given the starting role.
And it appears that De Gea will no more be considered an automatic starter for the national team. This is in complete contrast to his career at Manchester United. Despite inconsistent displays in the last few months of the season, De Gea remained the club’s number 1.
And Spanish assistant coach, Robert Moreno explained why De Gea is no longer considered an automatic starter for the 2010 World Cup winners.
We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over,” stated Moreno as reported by the Mirror. “But Kepa had an incredible end of the season – champion of the Europa League with great performances.
“In this concrete moment, we thought that Kepa could help us in a better way.
“The competition is now on.
“When you have something easy, you get relaxed, and that’s not good. The competitiveness is also good in goal.
“It’s not just about one single thing. We already watched Kepa play quite well in the Europa League, so you could already guess he was in good shape. But we had to check it in the team.
“I talked to Luis Enrique on Friday, right before the game, and we chatted about it. And after the game, we decided to keep him in the lineup.
“It’s not one concrete moment when we decided it, but we started commenting the lineup a long time ago, and then when you have all the info on your hands, that’s what gives you the last push to take the decision.”
The news comes in after reports claiming that De Gea wants to leave Old Trafford once his contract expires.