Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spain World Cup 'keeper De Gea wants public apology from prime minister

Spain World Cup 'keeper De Gea wants public apology from prime minister

David De Gea has called for a public apology from Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to publicly apologise for comments made about the Manchester United player's alleged involvement in a sexual assault case before Euro 2016.

Although Zinedine Zidane left just a few days after Los Blancos lifted the Champions League with victory over Liverpool in Kiev, De Gea is still a top target as doubts continue over Keylor Navas who has come under fire for some high-profile gaffes.

The Spaniard has established himself as the best goalkeeper in world football and has been courted by Real Madrid for the last four summers.

The newly appointed Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, visited the national team squad recently to wish them luck before they began they set off to Russian Federation for this summer's World Cup.

"I politely accepted his apology", De Gea told Diario AS as he prepared for Spain's 2018 World Cup campaign in Russian Federation. It's very important to have a good World Cup and I hope we can go far and win - that would be wonderful. Hopefully we can go far and win.

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He has acknowledged ups and downs in his life, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol before getting sober more than 20 years ago.

'But I'm always calm. "The thing is that what he said back then was in public and for that I think that his apology should also come in public", he said. It is important to be focused and be 100 per cent'.

De Gea travelled to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but failed to make an appearance as Spain were eliminated in the group stage of the competition.

Manchester United have managed to retain De Gea's services over the past few seasons despite persistent transfer speculation linking the goalkeeper with a return to the Spanish capital.

During the build up to the tournament, however, De Gea found himself involved in an allegation which not only changed him as a person but also soured his relationship with the national media. "Many people have been very unfair to me".

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