David de Gea‘s chances of earning a Spain recall have been boosted following Luis Enrique’s departure after La Roja’s World Cup exit.

The former Barcelona manager has left his role as Spain’s manager following their shock round of 16 penalty shootout defeat to Morocco.

The 52-year-old, who took charge in 2018 and guided Spain to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, has stepped down just two days after Spain crashed out of the World Cup in Qatar.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have announced that Spain under-21 coach Luis de la Fuente has been recommended for the role, but his appointment must be approved by the board, who are meeting on Monday.

David de Gea’s chances of Spain recall have significantly improved following Luis Enrique’s departure

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One man who will likely welcome the news coming out of Spain is United’s number one De Gea.

The 32-year-old was overlooked when Enrique named his 26-man World Cup squad.

Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon and Premier League duo Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion) and David Raya (Brentford) were preferred over De Gea.

De Gea, who has amassed over 500 appearances for the Red Devils since being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid in 2011, hasn’t played for Spain for over two years.

Just nine of De Gea’s 45 caps came under Enrique and he’ll be hoping to have a change of fortunes under the next Spain boss.

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During Enrique’s reign, Simon made 31 appearances – only Alvaro Morata (32) and Ferran Torres (35) featured more under the Champions League winner.

While De Gea’s international future remains uncertain, clarity surrounding his future under Erik ten Hag also remains no closer to being resolved.

Despite his contract expiring in June, ESPN report that United are yet to open talks with the Spaniard about a new contract.

United do have the option of extending De Gea’s contract by a further 12 months, but the Reds are reportedly ‘working on a deal’ to make Yann Sommer the club’s first signing of the 2023 summer transfer window as a free agent.

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