Real Madrid president Florentino Perez latest attack on Manchester United is somewhat embarrassing and inaccurate. His recent statements on the David De Gea transfer collapse lack class and are unbecoming of a club with Real´s prestige.
Perez has accused Edward Woodward of leaving it until the last day to complete a transfer that United wanted done. The truth is that the Red Devils have been said all summer long that they did not wish to sell De Gea.
It was in fact Madrid that left it late in their efforts to secure the goalkeeper's signature. Marca, the Real friendly Spanish sports-paper, have constantly reiterated that De Gea was Los Blancos' number one target.
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The Manchester United board had let it be known that although they were unwilling to sell the player, should he desire to leave they would only accept a bid in the region of £40 million.
The richest club in the world refused to meet this valuation and allowed the saga to run. Madrid then returned with an offer on the final day of the window, rumoured to be in the region of £29 million, which United accepted.
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Paperwork was signed-off on by the English club and returned to Real. The FA have evidence to support this, as United have confirmed in their official statement regarding the matter.
Perez calls Woodward's credentials into question citing the failure of previous moves for Ander Herrera and Fabio Coentrao as evidence of what he euphemistically refers to as a `lack of experience´. Valid points maybe, but that occurred within the new chief-executives first few months in the hot seat.
Since then the United supremo has dealt with clubs from Ajax to Bayern Munich without any trouble. Indeed Real Madrid had no problem with Woodward´s negotiating skills last summer, when they successfully completed two transfers in Angel Di Maria and Javier Hernandez.
Perhaps the most audacious claim made by Perez concerns the previous good relationship the two clubs have shared in the recent past. One hopes that Sir Alex Ferguson was sitting down when he heard that one.
It may have slipped Perez mind that Madrid´s acquisitions of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2006 and Cristiano Ronaldo three years later, were among the most acrimonious in memory. Each signing took over two years of intense Madrid pressure, before United finally agreed to sell.
The Ronaldo saga got so ugly that the former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon called Ferguson `senile´ in reference to his age. Fergie responded by declaring that he `would not sell that lot a virus´.
Perez of course is trying to deflect from his own failings, as he receives the critical backlash from disgruntled Madrid fans and a bemused Spanish press. However his continuing to speak on the matter is counter-productive to him personally. The longer he keeps the story alive, the more scrutiny will be put on his own handling of the matter.
Fans are not stupid. They can see through thin excuses. Perez should let sleeping dogs lie.
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