Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Real Madrid issue statement explaining their side of De Gea story
Real Madrid have defended their conduct over the failed bid to sign David de Gea and accused Manchester United of holding up the deal.
United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29million for the sale of De Gea to the Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas heading in the other direction.
But that deal fell through after the requisite paperwork was not submitted before the Spanish deadline of 11pm on Monday.
United claimed Madrid were the ones to blame for the collapse of the deal, but the Spanish giants issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the actions of the Old Trafford club.
"Real Madrid has done everything necessary, and at all times, to implement these two transfers," said Madrid in a lengthy 10-point statement published on their website on Tuesday afternoon...
1. Manchester United did not open negotiations for David de Gea's transfer until yesterday morning
2. Real Madrid, despite the short notice and difficulties caused by this, agreed to enter negotiations
3. When United entered the negotiations, they made it clear that an agreement had to be reached with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas and started talks with his representatives
4. Real and United reached a rapid agreement on the transfer of both players. The required documents were drafted leaving sufficient time in order to proceed with the FIFA TMS procedure before the Spanish deadline. Real forwarded the contracts to Manchester United at 13.39 Spanish time.
5. Man United sent the contracts back to Real eight hours later at 21.43 Spanish time, including minor modifications. All the changes were accepted immediately by Real in order to get the player registered with TMS and the Spanish league
6. Real Madrid, after obtaining the signatures of De Gea and Navas, sent the signed contracts back to United at 23:32 Spanish time. Real then waited to receive the final documents signed by United.
7. United reached a final agreement with the representatives of Keylor Navas at 23:53 Spanish time. It was at that time that the contracts were sent to the player and signed.
8. United entered the data for De Gea into the TMS system at midnight Spanish time but not that of Navas. The signed transfer contracts were sent to Real simultaneously. Real received the full documentation at 00:02 and tried to access the TMS system, but it was already closed.
9. At 00:26 Spanish time, the computer system of FIFA TMS sent an invitation to Real Madrid to fill in the data of De Gea. Given that the deadline for registration in England remains open today, Real decided to refer the contract to the Spanish league, even knowing that the deadlines had expired
10. In short, Real has done everything necessary, and at all times, for these two transfer to go through.