And it comes just three days before the 2010 World Cup winners begin their campaign in Russia, as they face Portugal in Sochi on Friday. If Lopetegui had De Gea as his No. 1, the foundations for success would already be in place. United have grown dependent on him.
The La Liga giants have dealt with Spurs owner Levy before, signing both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from the north London club with the latter arriving for a then world record transfer fee.
"You have to be focused on having a good World Cup - we are all good".
Balague reckons Lopetegui was way down the pecking order.
"It has taken about two weeks, but it's a recognised name, they know what he's bringing, and I do think the fans will be happy".
Overall, the 33-year-old has now won the coveted trophy five times, while Messi has four Champions League medals in his trophy cabinet.
Brazil coach Tite has angrily hit out at claims of talks with Real Madrid.
Most of his playing career was spent at Club Deportivo Logroñés and Rayo Vallecano. He has added steel, organisation and a new sense of resoluteness to Liverpool's back line and, when on form, he makes the art of defending look infuriatingly easy.
Benzema was expected to be recalled ahead of Euro 2016 but, despite rumours of a potential return, he was not selected as the team finished runners-up in the tournament. The promise of world-class signings? "These are personal decisions that I cannot judge".
Lopetegui has worked with Spain U19, U20 and U21s, so Madrid will hope he can bring some younger players through.