After being left out of Luis Enrique’s 26-man squad, David de Gea received an unusual message from the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation..
After being passed over for a spot in his country’s World Cup squad earlier this month, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was perplexed by a strange text message he received from the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
After struggling to impress on a consistent basis at Old Trafford in recent months, Luis Enrique left De Gea out of the final 26-man group to travel to Qatar..
Enrique named David Raya, Robert Sanchez, and Unai Simon as his three goalkeeping options for the tournament, forcing De Gea to watch from home after missing out on what could have been his final World Cup at the age of 32.
He was left perplexed and frustrated shortly after Spain’s squad was announced last week, with the United stopper receiving an odd message from Spanish football president Luis Rubiales as a result of his omission.
Rubiales contacted De Gea to congratulate him on his international retirement despite the fact that the player had not made such a decision, according to Spanish reporter Jose Alvarez, who told El Chiringuito:
De Gea has been an unusual subject. He abruptly dropped out of the call-ups a few months ago, and Luis Enrique did call David to inform him that he would not be counted on.
“He said it was a technical decision.” Obviously, David inquired as to the reason, but he received no further explanation.
‘David, I am glad that you have finally made the decision you have been thinking about, I have already been told that you are leaving the national team,’ says Rubiales, president of the Federation, a few days later..