United respond on De Gea

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2015 12:48

Manchester United have issued a response to claims from Real Madrid over the failed transfer of David de Gea.

The goalkeeper remains at Old Trafford until January at least after paperwork problems meant his £29.5m transfer broke down minutes before Spain’s Monday deadline.

Real laid out their version of events in a lengthy statement on Tuesday, apparently pointing the finger at United.

But United insist no talks were possible until Real submitted a bid, something they say did not happen until Monday morning, and that Real were “controlling the documentation processes of David, Navas and Real Madrid” heading into the final hours of the window.

United statement concludes: “It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:

– Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS {(FIFA Transfer Matching System} 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 time-stamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.

“Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings. The club is delighted that its fan-favourite double Player of the Year, David de Gea, remains a Manchester United player.”

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