Kepa sympathises with De Gea after starting ahead of him for Spain 

Kepa Arrizabalaga has admitted that he understands David de Gea's frustration after the Manchester United
goalkeeper was dropped by Spain

Despite his comparatively limited international experience, Kepa was selected to start as Spain prevailed past the Faroe Islands and Sweden

De Gea, meanwhile, was left on the bench for both fixtures, with the 28-year-old having endured a difficult end to the season with Manchester United, where there remains much uncertainty regarding his future. 
As reported by Sky Sports
, Kepa said: 'Of course I understand that David is sad, we all train to play and then it is the decision of the coach, and it is up to you to respond well.
'We are always surrounded by such controversies, but we must take it naturally. I'm happy to play, to help the team and to finish the season in the best way possible.
'The season has been very long, but before we left we had these two very important commitments. We are happy to finish in the best way possible.'
Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas and Jose Gaya all scored in Spain's 4-1 win away to the Faroe Islands, with an own goal from Teitur Gestsson also helping their cause.
Kepa then impressed in the 3-1 win at home to Sweden, with Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal all scoring.  
Spain's victories saw them continue their 100 per cent start to qualification for Euro 2020. 
Kepa admitted that he was surprised to be selected to start both games.
He said: 'I was surprised because it wasn't normal before,' said Kepa. 'I have never played two matches in a row for Spain. If I add the one before it's three already. I am very happy.
'I'm going to continue working as I have until now, doing my best at my club to keep the confidence of the coach. Whoever plays will do very well.' 
Kepa has made just six appearances for Spain compared to De Gea's 39, but it is the Chelsea goalkeeper who appears to be first choice in goal for Luis Enrique's side as things stand.
During his first season at Chelsea Kepa found himself embroiled in controversy when he refused to be substituted against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
However, he concluded the campaign with silverware as he helped Chelsea to win the Europa League.   
Kepa will hope to retain his place in the Spain starting lineup ahead of Euro 2020. Their next games are away to Romania and at home to the Faroe Islands in September.  
Comment

No comments found