David de Gea has been told he is no longer guaranteed a permanent position as Spain’s first choice goalkeeper according to a report by the Mirror.
The Manchester United goalkeeper was dropped in Spain’s 3-0 win over Sweden on Monday night with Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga given the nod instead.
The Chelsea No.1 who holds the record for the most expensive goalkeeper was handed his fourth International cap at the Santiago Bernabeu with De Gea condemned to the bench.
Real Madrid’s defender, Sergio Ramos, Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored the three goals for the La Roja in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The La Roja assistant boss, Roberto Moreno who himself is deputizing for absent head coach, Luis Enrique declared why he had opted to use Arrizabalaga instead.
“We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over,” stated the assistant boss.
“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.”
He suggested that De Gea was relaxed because he got the position easy stating that the use of Kepa was only to bring in competition.
“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.”
He said he had a conversation with Luis Enrique and they decided to keep Kepa in the lineup.
Moreno stressed that the decision wasn’t sudden but that both he and Enrique had been commenting the lineup a long time ago till they finally arrived at the decision.
This comes with speculation following the future of De Gea who has only 12 months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.