David de Gea's girlfriend, Edurne, has lent her support to the Manchester United goalkeeper, following allegations linking the Spain international with a sex scandal that threatens to derail the country's European Championship campaign. The agent of the pop star has admitted his client was "surprised" by the news, but adds that she believes her boyfriend's version of events.
Spanish publication El Diario.es reported on 10 June that a protected witness in the investigation into a notorious Spanish pornographer had implicated De Gea, Athletic Club's Iker Munian and another unnamed player in a sexual abuse scandal, centred on an incident that took place in 2012. The woman said the United keeper was responsible for arranging an encounter with the two other players through Ignacio Allende Fernández, commonly known as 'Torbe' in Spain, adding that she was forced to have sexual intercourse with Munian and the third man.
After the news broke, discussion over the future of Edurne and the goalie dominated social media. Many suggested that the pair would break up, especially after the singer tweeted what appeared to be a reference to the situation.
"I'll walk for me, nothing else, no looking back, I know I'm able #NewHorizons," she posted to Twitter.
However, both Edurne and her agent have denied these suggestions, expressing their full support for De Gea.
The singer posted a photograph of her boyfriend to Instagram just moments before De Gea was handed the Spanish number one shirt ahead of Iker Casillas for the Euro 2016 game on Monday, showing her support.
"Come on David, Come on Spain!!!!" she wrote in the post.
Her agent, Oscar Taruella. later explained the earlier tweet had nothing to do with De Gea, as 'New Horizons' is the name of one of her songs, and she is also about to leave her current record company.
De Gea called a press conference on 10 June to deny any wrongdoing, claiming the story was a deliberate attempt to harm his reputation.
Questioned whether Edurne believes her boyfriend, Taruella said to Antena3: "Yes, nothing points to her thinking otherwise. Obviously she was surprised by the news but we are waiting for [De Gea's] lawyers to give us more information. She doesn't have doubts [about De Gea's version of events]. If he had committed some sort of crime he would have been arrested, charged [and he is not even under investigation]."
The agent added that his charge was shocked by the news at first, but expressed his disgust at how Spaniards reacted to the news online.
"We were having lunch and it was very unpleasant [to hear the news]. It caught us by surprise. I think [they have since spoken about it] but I have opted to leave her alone this weekend. We need to talk to the lawyers and David to learn more. Anyway, it is not fair that Edurne has been mocked, and people made her a trending topic speaking about unfaithfulness. It is embarrassing and shameful."