Wednesday 21 February 2018

Leaked papers show how De Gea missed out on £64m Real deal

David De Gea signed a new contract with Manchester United after a proposed move to Real Madrid fell through. Photo: Reuters
David De Gea signed a new contract with Manchester United after a proposed move to Real Madrid fell through. Photo: Reuters

Richard Martin

David De Gea missed out on a contract worth more than £64m when his planned move to Real Madrid fell through last summer, leaked documents have revealed.

The website Football Leaks has released the nine-page document, published in Spanish, alongside the two-page contract with the Spanish Football Federation, highlighting just how close the Spain international came to leaving Manchester United before the deal collapsed.

Real did not submit the necessary paperwork to the Spanish Football Federation until 28 minutes after the transfer window had closed on midnight on August 31 last year, although the Spanish club blamed United for not sending the documents through FIFA's Transfer Matching System on time.

De Gea was down to the final year of his contract at Old Trafford at the time - and had been demoted behind Argentinian Sergio Romero when he refused to commit to a new deal - but unexpectedly signed a four-year extension in September.

Details of the proposed transfer were revealed yesterday with the publication of the two contracts, signed by De Gea and Real Madrid.

The contract entitled De Gea to a salary of about £9.2m a year, a one-off signing on fee of £8.5m and additional team bonuses.

The leaked papers also reveal that the goalkeeper would also have been obliged to pay Real £390m in compensation had he cancelled the contract.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma's season-ending injury is not expected to have an impact on John Terry's future at Chelsea, but could prompt the club to try to bring the highly rated Andreas Christensen back to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Zouma has been ruled out for six months after injuring an anterior cruciate ligament in the draw against United last Sunday, leaving interim manager Guus Hiddink badly short of options.

Terry's contract is due to expire at the end of this season and the captain (35) has revealed that there were currently no talks over a new deal.

Zouma's injury had raised questions over whether Chelsea would now be forced to offer Terry a new deal to ensure they are not caught short at the start of next season, but the Frenchman's fitness is not likely to have a bearing on the decision.

Chelsea maintain that they want the next permanent manager to have the final say on whether Terry is offered a contract, regardless of Zouma's fitness.

While the Chelsea fans remain unequivocally on Terry's side, his public comments have not done him any favours with the club's hierarchy, who had wanted to conduct negotiations in private.


Chelsea will redouble their efforts to sign John Stones from Everton. United and Barcelona are also interested but Manchester City appear favourites to land the 21-year-old.

Chelsea will also assess their options within the club, with Christensen having impressed on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 19-year-old is coming to the end of the first season of his two-season loan and the German club have expressed their desire to sign him permanently.

However, following impressive performances in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, Chelsea will not sanction his sale and could even attempt to take him back 12 months early.

It's by no means certain that they will get their way as the Denmark international has made it clear that he would not want to return to Chelsea just to sit on the bench.

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