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."