Spain manager Luis Enrique has revealed he spoke to David de Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper was a notable omission from the national team.
United’s number one was a surprising absentee from the La Roja squad for both of their friendlies this month.
Athletic Bilbao stopper Unai Simon, who was Enrique’s number one, has been named in the squad, but Premier League goalkeepers Robert Sanchez and David Raya have both been endorsed by de Gea .
To add to de Gea’s international misery, when Sanchez pulled out of the squad for personal reasons, Enrique opted to sign Barcelona goalkeeper B Arnau Tenas ahead of de Gea.
After yesterday’s 2-1 win over Albania, Enrique declared“We asked the U21 manager to send us a goalkeeper because Robert Sanchez couldn’t play.
“They decided Arnau Tenas was the one.”
Although he is arguably Manchester United’s player of the season so far and only Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be his main challenger to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for a record fifth time, the outlook de Gea’s internationals didn’t look any gloomier.
De Gea hasn’t featured for his national team since winning 1-0 against Ukraine in October 2020.
After a miserable World Cup in 2018, the 31-year-old was an unused substitute in Spain’s European Championship and World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Although de Gea appears to have returned to the peak of his shot-stopping powers, that’s clearly not enough to warrant a place in Enrique’s squad.
With the Champions League-winning manager in charge and only two more international breaks before this winter’s showpiece in Qatar, it’s increasingly possible that de Gea won’t even make Spain’s Cup squad. of the world.
Ahead of the Albania clash, Enrique admitted he spoke to the former Atletico Madrid youngster.
Enrique said: “I spoke with David, but before the game I don’t talk anymore about the players who are not on the list. You will forgive me.