Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has warned David de Gea that he will have to play at Manchester United in order to be in his Euro 2016 squad.
There are concerns that the goalkeeper will continue to be sidelined by Louis van Gaal upon returning to United after his failed transfer to Real Madrid.
But Del Bosque has encouraged the 24-year-old to “be professional and move on from this episode”, because he needs to be playing again regularly to be in international reckoning.
“I hope that he starts playing again and is happy,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “If he doesn’t play, it will be very difficult for him to come to the Euros.”
De Gea had been expected to move to Madrid before the close of the summer window, but the move fell through despite both clubs having agreed a £29m part-exchange deal involving Keylor Navas.
But the paperwork for the transfer was not submitted to La Liga in time, leaving De Gea back at United, where he has been excluded from the first team for the first six games of the season.
He is currently with Spain preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia.
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