Man Utd star David De Gea ‘refusing’ to talk about specific subject

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Manchester United star David De Gea is refusing to talk about his World Cup snub from Spain in interviews, according to reports. It looks like the shot-stopper won’t be going to Qatar this winter, with Luis Enrique opting against a recall for the veteran. But their loss will be the Red Devils’ gain, with the 31-year-old poised to spend the time training under Erik ten Hag instead as he looks to adjust to his manager’s methods.

De Gea had a shaky start to the season at Manchester United, struggling in early defeats to the likes of Brighton and Brentford.

However, he’s since bounced back and was arguably the man of the match as the Red Devils beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday – making a string of saves to ensure his side won the game.

De Gea, though, appears certain to be left out of the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup.

And, according to the Manchester Evening News, it’s a subject the goalkeeper is understandably refusing to address.

De Gea was once Spain’s No 1 and, earlier in his career, was viewed as the player to take over from Iker Casillas – who helped them dominate world football between 2008 and 2012.

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He helped Spain’s under-17 team win the 2007 European Championships when he was just starting out and made his debut for the national team in 2014.

However, with De Gea toiling for a couple of years at United, he’s since struggled to win the faith of his international bosses.

De Gea hasn’t represented his country since 2020, despite regaining form for his club, with many in amazement at the decision to continuously overlook him.

But, as stated above, Spain’s loss will be United’s gain.

De Gea has started to come good for the club under Ten Hag, with his distribution improving as he looks to become a shot-stopper more in the mould of Ederson and Alisson.

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He’s kept six clean sheets this term, the same amount as Aaron Ramsdale at Arsenal, with only Ederson and Nick Pope managing more.

United signed Martin Dubravka on loan back in the summer transfer window, bringing him in to compete with De Gea for a starting berth.

But Dubravka is yet to make a single appearance for the club, with his team-mate instead starting every match under Ten Hag following the Dutchman’s appointment.

Ten Hag was asked about De Gea ahead of United’s clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday, insisting he’s delighted with the performances of his No 1.

“The focus for me, the main part of the goalkeeper, is always the clean sheet, protect his goal, that’s the main part,” he said.

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“But nowadays in football, it’s also important he can do something with his feet.

“There was maybe in the past a different style for him. But from the first day I was here, but also before, I saw some video content and you see David is capable to do it.

“When I see David playing our possession game, he is very composed. He is very good in boxes so it’s no problem for David to do that.

“He proved in the last games in that aspect he will grow and grow. And the other part, what is the most important, keep doing that, keep progressing and keep more clean sheets.”

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And De Gea himself admitted he felt United were defending better after their narrow win over West Ham on Sunday.

“I think the whole team [are contributing to our clean sheets], not just the defenders,” he said.

“I think we are pressing well, we are recovering the ball high in the opponents half so that’s massive for us. I think we defended really well.

“Of course we concede some chances at the end, but we’re playing against West Ham, a great team, [who] have good players. I’m really, really happy to be honest.”

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