Vicente del Bosque has leapt to David de Gea’s defence in the wake of sexual-abuse allegations as “the Spain squad are here to support him and give him love“.
De Gea, along with Isco and Iker Muniain, was implicated in the sexual-abuse case against adult-film baron Ignacio Allende ‘Torbe’ on Friday, but Del Bosque made it clear the goalkeeper remained part of his Euro 2016 plans, although he could not confirm whether he would start at the tournament.
“I believe De Gea has given explanations that he should have and made it clear that he has nothing to do with this matter,” the Coach was quoted as saying by Marca.
“[On whether he will start at Euro 2016], everything that happens in life, you have to give it the benefit of the doubt.
“We’re in a period of reflection and he must be given the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t say whether he’ll start or not.
“Never has [his expulsion] been considered. It was surprise news, but we expected the explanations right away.
“The lad seems to have done nothing wrong and I believe him. The squad are here to support him at all times and give him the love and affection that the situation requires.
“We’re fine and waiting for confirmation on everything and that nothing happened, and the lad, I think, has perfectly explained that he has nothing to do [with the allegations].
“We’ll move forward and give him affection. We will give the situation the benefit of the doubt, like if nothing had happened.”