Robert Sanchez has been told he will relish working with his new international coach.

The Albion goalkeeper linked up with Spain yesterday for the first time ahead of three World Cup qualifiers.

He trained in the evening with David De Gea and Unai Simon under the guidance of newly-appointed goalkeeper coach Jose Sambade.

A relaxed looking Luis Enrique oversaw the session.

Sanchez is a man of mystery for Spanish fans but Sambade will know all about him.

Former LaLiga goalkeeper Paco Liano, who played for Sambade at Deportivo La Coruna and worked with him at coaching acadamies, said﹕ “I know Jose well and you won’t find better.

The Argus:

“I don’t know of anyone in the football world, especially among goalkeepers, who doesn’t speak very highly of him.

“I am sure he knows Robert perfectly well and will have given his opinion to Luis Enrique.

“He is also in contact with goalkeeping coaches in England.

The Argus:

Head coach Luis Enrique was in relaxed mood (all pictures by RFEF)

“Jose is a very well-prepared boy, very affable and knows how to treat people well.

“He is a perfectionist when it comes to looking for a very complete goalkeeper, including with the ball at his feet.”



Sanchez has spoken highly of the help he has received from coach Ben Roberts at Albion.

Sambade, who is 48, has worked in Spain and Turkey.

Liano said﹕ “He was at Depor when they were LaLiga champions and he worked mainly there with (Spanish international) Jose Molina.

"He was a pioneer when the title of goalkeeing coach didn't really exist, he has qualifications from the national sports institute and international experience because he worked at Besiktas in Turkey."