Sánchez, who was not prime minister at the time, said he was "uneasy" about De Gea being Spain's number 1 going into the tournament. Time ran out for the move transpire and De Gea signed a four-year deal with United soon after, ending Real's short-term interest.
"He is a great player, one of the best in the world", he said.
The 27-year-old has always been a target for Real Madrid and speculation is rife that he might join the Champions League winners ahead of the 2018-19 season.
David de Gea of Spain attends a press conference on June 10, 2016 in La Rochelle, France. It's very important to have a good World Cup and I hope we can go far and win - that would be fantastic. I'm always calm, really.
However, when asked about the possibility of the move resurfacing De Gea refused to outright rule out the possibility and instead insisted that all of his energies were focused on the World Cup. Our qualifying campaign was nearly ideal and our idea is to carry that through in the finals, with a little luck and the team we've got, hopefully we can go far. "The issue is that what he said back in the day was in public and that is why I think the apology should also be a public one". People have criticized me knowing that it wasn't right and nor have they come out to recognize they were in the wrong, or rectify what they said.
De Gea said his full focus was now on the World Cup.
Cristiano has been well studied, I think everyone knows what his attributes are. "There are many people who do not deserve to do interviews for them".
"Football is football and a thousand things can happen.", he added.
"We have to face the game as we did in the qualifying phase, that is, playing our own game". It is important to be focused and be 100 per cent'. It personally didn't affect me much but obviously I have people close to me that are affected by this more than me.