Tuesday 20 February 2018

Real Madrid claim they did 'everything necessary' to complete David de Gea deal

Manchester United insist Real Madrid were the ones to blame for the shock 11th-hour collapse of David de Gea's proposed move to the Bernabeu
Manchester United insist Real Madrid were the ones to blame for the shock 11th-hour collapse of David de Gea's proposed move to the Bernabeu
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid have broken their silence on the farcical collapse of David De Gea’s transfer from Manchester United – and their comments look set to inflame the growing feud with the Old Trafford club.

In a summer that has seen United try and fail to sign Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, their reluctance to consider a deal to sell goalkeeper De Gea created an animosity between the clubs that seemed unlikely to thaw.

That was until super agent Jorge Mendes flew into Manchester and worked his magic to set his client De Gea on the way to Spain, with Real Madrid’s Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas joining United as part of the deal.

With agreement in place on all sides, it seemed as if the longest running transfer saga of 2015 had reached its conclusion…until last night’s dramatic news that the registration papers for De Gea had not been filed in time.

Instantly, Real Madrid briefed the Spanish media to blame United for the mess, with Old Trafford chiefs hitting back by insisting they had filed their documents on time.

Now that war of words has gone public, with Real Madrid releasing a statement that outlines their version of events on a deal that will be talked about for weeks and months to come.

1) Manchester United didn’t open any path of negotiation for the registration rights to David De Gea until yesterday morning.

2) Real Madrid, despite the difficulties associated with completing a deal of this type on the final day of registration, accepted the initiating of these conversations.

3) When Manchester United entered into these negotiations yesterday morning they did so subject to being able to reach an agreement with Real Madrid player Keylor Navas, in order that he would join the British club from this season, and informed that they were in contact with the representatives of said player.

4) Real Madrid and Manchester United arrived quickly at an agreement for the transfers of both players. After the editing of the relevant contractual documents and with the intention of proceeding with enough time to get everything sent to the Transfer Matching System of FIFA (TMS) as well as his registration with the Spanish Football League (LFP), Real Madrid resent the contracts to Manchester United at 13:39 Spanish time.

5) Manchester United sent back their comments on said contracts eight hours later, at 21:43 Spanish time, including small modifications. Due to not being relevant, all of the modifications were accepted immediately by Real Madrid with the intention of being able to register the player on time in the TMS and with the LFP.

6) Real Madrid, having obtained the signatures of David De Gea and Keylor Navas, sent back to the English club the signed contracts at 23:32 Spanish time, waiting to receive the final documents signed by Manchester United.

7) Manchester United reached a final agreement with the representatives of Keylor Navas at 23:53 Spanish time and it was at this time that the contracts were sent to the player to be signed.

8) Manchester United entered into the TMS all the information for the De Gea deal, but not those for Keylor Navas, at 00:00 Spanish time, sending back to Real Madrid at the same time the signed transfer contracts. Real Madrid received the completed documentation at 00:02 and tried to access the TMS, but found it to already be closed.

9) At 00:26 Spanish time the FIFA computer system, TMS, invited Real Madrid to fill in the details for David De Gea, given that the registration period in England continues to be open until today. Real Madrid, with the prospect of some contention over the transfer of the player, decided to send the contracts to the LFP, even knowing that the period had expired.

10) Definitively, Real Madrid had done everything necessary, at all times, to ensure that these two transfers happened.

The final entry in their statement is arguably the most inflammatory as it essentially accuses Manchester United of being to blame for the collapse of the deal.

How will  United respond to what is essentially an accusation that the Old Trafford club fluffed their lines over one of the biggest transfers of this summer?

Watch this space.

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