Spain Boss Warns De Gea That Kepa Could Take His Shirt

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been undisputed number one for Spain for many years, since taking over from Iker Casillas.

But De Gea is on the verge of losing his place to Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who ended the season in amazing form.

De Gea endured a difficult season at Old Trafford that even began from a poor showing at the World Cup in Russia last summer.

Spain boss Jose Enrique has stuck by De Gea all along, but the 28-year-old was dropped for Kepa in Sunday’s 3-0 win against Sweden.

It was first thought that De Gea was dropped for injury reasons, but Spain assistant Robert Moreno has confirmed that the Manchester United goalkeeper was dropped for his nation’s clash against Sweden for tactical reasons.

Moreno, who was in charge as Enrique was absent, has dismissed De Gea’s injury claims as he said: “We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over. 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.”

Kepa has started La Roja’s last three contests and appears to have claimed the No.1 shirt from his United counterpart for now.

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