Spain national team manager Vicente del Bosque has warned goalkeeper David De Gea that he must play for Manchester United or risk losing his place in the squad at next summer’s European Championships, Guardian Sport reports.
The 24-year-old saw his proposed transfer to Liga BBVA giants Real Madrid fall through late on Monday night as there was a miscommunication between the two clubs and the paperwork and wasn’t filed before the Spanish window closed.
Now De Gea, who is yet to make a competitive appearance this season, faces a fight to reclaim his spot as the number one stopper under United manager Louis van Gaal.
New signing Sergio Romero has started in all of the Red Devils’ six games at the start of the new campaign, although his place in between the sticks could now be under pressure following his mistake against Swansea City last weekend and the fact that De Gea is staying put.
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In an interview with Spanish publication Marca, del Bosque stressed the importance of De Gea forcing his way back into the team at Old Trafford:
“I hope that he starts playing again and is happy, and if he plays well we can bring him along, otherwise if he doesn’t play it will be very difficult for him to come [to the Euros],” he said.