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Saturday June 11 2016
Pedro: De Gea saga not ideal

Pedro Rodriguez admits that while Spain’s Euro 2016 will not be “destabilised” by the David de Gea saga, “it hasn’t come at a good time”.

De Gea quickly denied allegations of sexual abuse in the Torbe scandal, which also saw Isco and Iker Muniain implicated, and Pedro joined his countrymen in leaping to the goalkeeper’s defence, despite the scandal breaking just days before La Roja’s Euro 2016 opener against Czech Republic.

“It doesn’t affect us. We know everything that happened, but we’ve have trained very well, De Gea too,” the Chelsea attacker said at a Press conference.

“We’re just thinking of the game, there’s a very good harmony. We’re focused, and winning the first game is very important, it’s what we want. From there, we’ll grow as a team and gain confidence.

“[On whether a decision has been made in goal], I don’t think so, but [Vicente] del Bosque must decide on the team that he will play. I don’t the news will affect his decision at all.

“De Gea is fine, he’s calm when you talk to him. I’ve already spoken to him and he explained what happened. We want to help him and give him our support

“It’s something that won’t destabilise us, although it hasn’t come at a good time. He has a cold head, is a great professional, and that’s the most important thing.

“[France] are a favourite. We saw the great work that they did against ​​Romania, especially in defence.

“I wasn’t surprised by [Dimitri] Payet’s big performance because I know him from West Ham, along with other stars like [Paul] Pogba They are very solid team, a favourite and are playing at home.

“We’ve prepared for the many things that the Czechs can do, and one is that they retreat. It’ll be a very physical game.

“[On his first season at Chelsea], the first year is very difficult after a change of country, but they’ve helped me a lot in every way.

“Since my [Spain] debut in 2010, many things have changed. It’s different now because I have more experience. I think I’ve achieved important things, but I want to do more.

“Here, it’s very different to Spanish routine, but the team will surely adapt well. You have to eat earlier and that sort of thing, but I think the team will adapt well to a time that seems good for football.

“We’re focused and eager to get going. The sensations remind me of four years ago. We’ve come from Brazil, where we didn’t do well, and we want to reverse the situation. I think we’re in good shape.”

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