Luiz Enrique Finally Explains Why David de Gea Might Not Return To Spain Squad Again
As he did in March, Spain head coach Luis Enriq’ue left David de Gea out of the team, picking instead Athletic B’ilbao’s Unai Simon as the No.1, with Robert Sanchez (Brig’hton) and Da’vid Raya (Brent’ford) as the back-ups.
Speaking at a press confe’rence, the manager explai’ned his thinking in what seemed to be quite a pointed messa’ge to De Gea.
“I look to have three star’ting goalkeepers and I think that right now I have them,” Luis Enrique said, as quot’ed by the Manc’hester Evening News.
“Honestly. I wouldn’t have an iss’ue with any of the three of them starting. A goalkeeper should start the play and gen’erate the first superiority, they must domi’nate the aerial pl’ay.
“I need a goalkeeper that trans’mits peace and calmn’ess to me, that doesn’t mean they won’t make mist’akes, errors are part of football. What they genera’te I like a lot.”
While De Gea is a top-class shot-stop’per, the distribution was never his strongest quality, while quest’ions also remain over his a’erial dominance.
The 31-year-old is alre’ady a finished article, a’nd it’s hard to see him changing his style to Luis Enri’que’s liking. That would mean De Gea is unlikely to play for Spain again as lon’g as the head co’ach remains in place.
Curiously, Luis Enrique wa’s one of the options Ma’n United considered as their next permanent man’ager earlier thi’s year. De Gea should be happy the club went for Erik ten Hag ins’tead.