Kepa: “I understand that De Gea is sad.”

De Gea was dropped for Chelsea keeper Kepa in Spain’s clash with Sweden.

Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga said he understands David de Gea is sad after the Manchester United shot-stopper was left on the bench for the third time in a row.

De Gea watched Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier from the bench as he was sidelined in favour of Kepa - who kept a cleansheet in their 3-0 win against Sweden on Monday.

Speaking after the tie at the Santiago Bernabeu, Kepa told reporters as Goal reported: "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. 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.

"I have a great relationship with David," Kepa continued. "We train a lot of the time together apart from the team, as well with Pau Lopez, because we are keepers.

"We have a relationship from many years ago and we don't need to say anything each other to help each other."

Asked if he feels like Spain's number one keeper, he replied: "I just felt tonight because I am not feeling the main goalkeeper now.

"I am just one more out of the three keepers Luis Enrique has been calling in and when I have the chance of playing I try to add my experience to the team."

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