De Gea wants Spain's PM to offer public apology

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

De Gea's focus was hampered during Spain's last appearance at a major global tournament when his name became linked with a sexual assault case in the build-up to Euro 2016.

In statements made to "Goal", Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was very calm regarding his future, and is convinced that he will remain with the Premier League outfit for another season, despite Real Madrid's keen interest in him.

Spain head to Russian Federation in the hopes of restoring former glories having won the World Cup and Euros in quick succession less than a decade ago. "The issue is that what he said back in the day was in public and that is why I think the apology should also be a public one", De Gea was quoted as saying by Diario AS.

"I am a very calm guy and it is hard for me to be affected, but you have family, people close to you, who are affected more".

"We have to be focused".

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Spain's campaign opens against Portugal, winners of Euro 2016, how do you feel about starting against one of the most attacking sides in the finals? We have a great national team but every game is a battle for us.

"He is a great player, one of the best in the world", he said. "We will try to do our best".

But it's also true that most of the well-known figures who showed a lack of respect towards me haven't apologized at all - not even in private.

"He also has a great team behind him, they're European champions and it will be a tough game". Come what may, I'll be the same. It personally didn't affect me much but obviously I have people close to me that are affected by this more than me.

When pressed further about the transfer rumours, De Gea added: "Football is football and a thousand things can happen". It's all water under the bridge now. But I am always relaxed, whatever crops up, I'll always be the same and I want to be 100% focused on the World Cup.

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