David de Gea strengthened his claim for the best ‘keeper in the world when he secured his spot in the FIFA World XI back in September.
Fast-forward two months later and the Manchester United shot-stopper is struggling to replicate his form on a consistent basis for both club and country.
Now, Spain manager Luis Enrique has fired out a clear warning message to the country’s number one.
According to AS, the former Barcelona coach might be ready to drop de Gea in favour of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 48-year-old Spaniard has told the former Atlético Madrid ‘keeper that his position is no longer safe after his performance against Croatia in the Nations League.
Spain lost 3-2 to last summer’s World Cup finalists, with Tin Jedvaj scoring the winner after de Gea parried the ball into his path.
United face the possibility of losing the Spaniard next summer on a free transfer, with Juventus one of the clubs ready to move for him if he fails to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
“It shows it was a very difficult group,” Enrique said after the match (via BBC Sport). “We still have a chance. The group was, as we expected, very difficult with two of the best teams in the world.
“I am obviously worried about the things we have to improve. I am quite happy with this match, but the result is undeserved and I think football today has not been fair to us.”
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