Real Madrid blamed Manchester United for their failure to sign goalkeeper David De Gea before the Spanish transfer deadline and said they did everything needed to complete the transaction.
Under FIFA rules, both clubs must send in all the required documentation to its electronic transfer system before they can register the new contract with the national federation.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will now face losing De Gea on a free when his contract runs out at the end of the season, although United fans will be happy to watch one of the world’s premier ‘keepers in action at Old Trafford for a further year.
The Manchester United shot-stopper may be a bit disheartened about missing out on his desired transfer switch.
Real said in a statement on Tuesday that the bureaucratic snafu, which prompted widespread ridicule on social media, was not their fault and detailed exhaustively how and why the necessary documents were not ready until it was too late.
“Real Madrid, in the eventuality of a possible contest regarding the transfer of the player, decided to refer the contract to the Professional Football League (LFP), despite knowing that the deadlines had expired. David De Gea will stay at Manchester United“.
– At lunchtime yesterday, Real Madrid made its first offer to buy David.
“In conclusion, Real Madrid did everything necessary in every moment to try to finalise these two transfers”. There is no precedent for Spanish clubs being given additional time to conclude transfers as there is in England.So it’s very much confirmed that Victor Valdes and David De Gea would remain at Manchester United. However, United won’t receive the £22million they were expecting if he is sold in January and, as he is the final year of his contract, he could leave for nothing next summer.
An agreement between United and Navas was not reached until 10:53pm UK time, according to Madrid, who also claim the English club then did not upload the documents into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until 11:00pm.
McInally told Sky Sports News’ deadline day coverage that he thinks de Gea’s time at Old Trafford will be soured by the nature of the lingering turmoil.
The Spanish club insisted that United entered details of the De Gea deal, although not the Navas transfer, onto the TMS network at exactly midnight. Manchester United was in control only of the documentation of Manchester United.