Friday 28 October 2016

De Gea blast press reports as 'lies'

David de Gea
David de Gea

David de Gea has described allegations about his private life that appeared in the Spanish press yesterday as "lies".

The Manchester United goalkeeper, 25, had reportedly been sent home from Spain's Euro 2016 training base after the allegations emerged in El Diario.

De Gea remains in France, however, and pledged to focus on training with the European champions ahead of their opening game against the Czech Republic.

He appeared at a press conference in Saint-Martin-de-Re to address the matter yesterday, saying: "I'm more surprised than anyone by this news. I want to deny it. It is a lie and a falsehood.

"It gives me more reason to stay with Spain, in the company of my team-mates. It's in the hands of my lawyers.

"I'm very calm. I'm just looking forward to going out to train and enjoying myself," he added at the press conference.

"I've no idea where this has come from. I know it's all false. We have to move on."

This week the Spaniard made a thinly veiled criticism of his former boss Louis van Gaal while praising the appointment of successor Jose Mourinho.

In an interview with Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, De Gea said: "I came to United to win trophies and it is true that these last two years we have not been at the level this club deserves. But hopefully, with the change of coach, United will be back at the highest level.

"The signing of Mourinho is a wise move."

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