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Chelesa goalkeeper Kepa reveals how David de Gea has reacted to being dropped by Spain

Chelesa goalkeeper Kepa reveals how David de Gea has reacted to being dropped by Spain
Kepa Arrizabalaga has started Spain’s last four matches including last night’s win over Romania (Picture: Getty)

Kepa Arizabalaga insists the relationship between Spain’s goalkeepers remains ‘very good’ despite David de Gea having been relegated to second choice by Roberto Moreno.

The Manchester United star endured a difficult World Cup campaign and committed a number of uncharacteristic and high-profile errors last season amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding his long-term future.

De Gea was again at fault for Patrick van Aahnholt’s winning goal last month as Crystal Palace recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1989 and has been unable to win back his place in Spain’s national team.

Kepa, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper following his move to Chelsea last summer, has started Spain’s last four matches and performed capably in last night’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Romania.

‘Whoever plays is the coach’s decision, we always train with three goalkeepers and the atmosphere is very good,’ said the former Athletic Bilbao No.1 when asked about his rivalry with De Gea.

Kepa played a key role in Chelsea’s Europa League winning campaign during his first season at Stamford Bridge which was also memorable for the controversial role he played in the Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester City when he refused to be substituted ahead of a penalty shootout which his team would go on to lose.

‘I’m not proud of what happened. I lived in a storm that week,’ he told Cadena SER.

‘It was a situation that I hadn’t lived and that came to me in a flash. Everything went very fast, with many keystrokes.

‘I apologised, he explained to me what he had felt. Internally, it was finished the next day.

‘It was an unpleasant situation, but we left in a good way and from there we made a great end of the season.’

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