David de Gea is set to start for Spain on Monday in their first game of Euro 2016, after denying accusations that he exchanged phone messages with a protected witness in the sex abuse case that has shaken the squad’s preparations.
A story emerged on Friday that several protected witnesses in the case against the pornographer Ignacio Allende Fernandez, named and implicated De Gea in having set up a meeting between two prostitutes and two other members of the Spain Under 21 squad in 2012.
De Gea protested his innocence in a press conference on Friday and has the full backing of Spain manager Vicente del Bosque and the Spanish footballing authorities.
But on Saturday the Spanish website El Confidencial published a series of ‘Whatsapp’ messages that form part of the police report on the case which were allegedly sent between De Gea and the witness known only as TP3.
De Gea’s camp say the messages are not his and are just part of a campaign to smear his reputation.
Spain’s Chelsea winger Pedro said: ‘What has happened has not affected us.’
Asked if the scandal will influence coach Del Bosque’s decision as to who starts in goal, Pedro said: ‘I don’t think it will have any effect.’