Real Madrid issued a statement saying that they did everything to ensure goal-keeper David De Gea’s transfer, but missed the deadlines by 2 minutes.
But Manchester United denied all charges against them and confirmed that they were not at fault for the collapse of the 24-year-old goalkeeper’s £29 million move to Real Madrid. On the contrary, the Red Devils’ management feel that the Spanish giants have only themselves to blame for the failed deal, concluding that Real may have sought to close the deal which would also have sent Keylor Navas to Old Trafford.
United also clarified in their statement that they produced all paperwork two minutes before the deadline. The Premiership giants also added, “The club is delighted that its fan-favourite double player of the year, David De Gea, remains a Manchester United player.”
Custodian De Gea is out of contract for next season and hasn’t featured in any game this season.
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28-yaer-old Keylor Navas, the first choice goal-keeper at Real Madrid since the club allowed veteran Iker Casillas’ move to FC Porto, was poised to move in the opposite direction, according to the deal.
De Gea rose to fame playing for Real Madrid’s city rivals Atletico Madrid, and joined Manchester United in 2011 in a £18.9 million deal. He established himself as the team’s No 1 goalie and registered 175 appearances for United after committing several errors and blunders in the first six months at Old Trafford.
Sergio Romero started for the Red Devils in all the games this season. United now looks forward to continue the season with four custodians in their roster. Aside from Romero and De Gea, there are Victor Valdes and Sam Johnstone. The club failed to trade off Valdes to Besiktas earlier in this summer.
The club can retain De Gea till January, when the transfer window opens once more for the player to complete his move to Real. As of now, De Gea will be leaving for international duties with Spain.