Arrizabalaga on his rivalry with Man United's David de Gea
Arrizabalaga on his rivalry with Man United's David de Gea
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Arrizabalaga on his rivalry with Man United's David de Gea

The battle for Spain's first-choice goalkeeper is on, and Kepa Arrzabalaga is greatly enjoying his rivalry with David de Gea. 

Following the retirement of Iker Casillas, De Gea established himself as number one keeper for Spain for a number of years. However, the Manchester United ace had a poor World Cup performance and since Roberto Moreno was appointed, the manager has had a rotation policy. Moreno had preferred the Chelsea goalkeeper to De Gea, starting four of Spain's last five matches with the head coach revealing he doesn't have a specified first-choice keeper.

And now Kepa says the rivalry is good for the team and is keen to keep De Gea on the sidelines if he can.

"My goal is to play. All players want to be in the starting eleven. I am obviously confident and want to help the team," he said before Spain's Euro 2020 qualifying clash against Norway on Saturday night. 

 "If I am one of the eleven chosen, my goal is to win a match and that will not be easy against Norway. I feel good and I'm confident. It is true that I barely participated at the World Cup and now I'm able to help the team more."

"Whenever there is a debate over a position for the national team, it is a good thing - the beneficiary is the team. Since the policy of rotating in the goal has become common, you have to trust yourself. All these comments in the press, I don't get involved in that, we simply have to do our talking on the pitch.

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