Manchester United have released a statement in response to Real Madrid over the David De Gea debacle that scuppered the Spaniard’s transfer.
It was on the verge of being completed late on Monday night after months of speculation but De Gea didn’t end up joining Madrid for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear.
They’re not entirely clear because neither club is accepting blame for the collapse of the transfer. Madrid released a statement earlier today saying that United took their time with the transfer and that’s why it didn’t happen.
United refute what Madrid write in that statement and hit back by saying they have never wanted to sell De Gea but still negotiated with the Spanish giants yesterday.
They claim that Madrid were in control of the majority of the paperwork for deals that would have seen De Gea go to the Bernabeu and Keylor Navas go the other way.
United went on to say that they uploaded all required documents onto TMS on time, while Madrid didn’t. They also point out that Madrid submitted documents late to the LFP.
The statement reads: Manchester United sent transfer documents for both players to Real Madrid at 2042 BST. David’s documentation was returned by Real Madrid to Manchester United without the signatory page at 2232 BST.
• At 22:40 BST, minutes before the deadline, major changes to the documentation came through to Manchester United which immediately put the deals at risk.
• Only at 2255 BST were the documents that are needed to cancel David’s contract received by Manchester United from Real Madrid.
• At this point Navas’ documentation was still not returned by Real Madrid.
• At 2258 BST, the transfer agreement was sent back by Manchester United, uploaded onto TMS and accepted – all before the deadline.
• It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:
– Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did)
– Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, per reports it seems some 28 minutes after the deadline
• The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The Club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.
You can read the club’s full statement here.