Sunday, April 22, 2018

Man Utd shift blame to Real Madrid over David De Gea transfer failure

Manchester United have issued a statement saying it is Real Madrid's fault that David de Gea's £29.5 million move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu fell through on Monday.

Manchester United have issued a statement saying it is Real Madrid’s fault that David de Gea’s £29.5 million move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu fell through on Monday.

On Tuesday, Real issued a statement blaming United for (1) delaying initial talks and (2) failing to process document for Keylor Navas, who United demanded be part of the deal, in a timely manner.

However, United have hit back asserting that no talks were possible until Real submitted a formal bid for Dea Gae. And that did not happened until Monday morning.

According to United, Real  did not register De Gea’s data with FIFA before the 11pm deadline. And although United and the Football Association are willing to offer support should Real appeal the transfer to FIFA, the Spanish giants have already confirmed they will not be appealing the transfer to La Liga.

A official statement from United read: “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.”

Martial delighted with United move

New Manchester United signing Anthony Martial has revealed he is not worried about the pressure of living up to the £36 million price-tag.

According to L’Equipe, the deal, including add-ons and bonuses, could be worth €80 million. 

“It was a restless night,” Martial said. “I’m very happy to sign for Manchester United. It’s a very big club and I hope I’ll be able to show all my qualities. 

“There’s certainly been a lot of talk about it [the transfer] but the most important thing will be on the pitch and to show people who I am.

“Football is football — it’s changed nothing. You have to stay true to yourself and keep your head on your shoulders.”

The France Under-21 international, who became United’s sixth summer recruit following the arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian, Memphis, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Sergio Romero, on Monday, bagged nine goals and three assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances–including 19 starts–for Monaco last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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