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'Ridiculo' - How the Spanish press reacted to botched David De Gea transfer

Published 02/09/2015 | 10:54

How Marca have reacted to David De Gea's up in the air transfer
How Marca have reacted to David De Gea's up in the air transfer

The Spanish press has reacted with incredulity to David de Gea’s aborted move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

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Marca's headline yesterday was 'Ridiculo' which perfectly summarised a bizarre sequence of events.

The tone over the last 24 hours in Spain has altered slightly however, and moved towards sympathy for Real keeper Keylor Navas.

The Costa Rican was supposed to move to Old Trafford as part of the De Gea deal, and was left in limbo by the transfer saga and ultimate failure of the two clubs to see it through.

Marca's front page today carried the headline 'Real Madrid ask Keylor for forgiveness' and Navas saying: 'Here I am'.

The Marca website meanwhile features a story headlined 'Real's goalkeeping victims' which looks at the likes of Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez, who it argues have been similarly mistreated at the Bernabeu.

Club legend Casillas has been in and out of the team over the last few seasons and was sold to Porto this summer.

Lopez battled with Casillas for the number one jersey for a year and a half between 2013 and 2014, before being shipped off to AC Milan.

Spanish newspaper AS carries on the theme, and includes a column titled 'De Gea Keylor Navas...Florentino's mess' in a reference to the club's president Florentino Perez.

The question now is what the Spanish press will write about now - today was the 15th time since May that De Gea has been on Marca's cover.

As in England, the Spanish papers have also focused on De Gea linking up with his national side, and how he will be reintegrated back into the United team.

So what happens next? Well, now we can all just sit back and wait until January when it will all happen again...

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