Manchester United have hit back at Real Madrid over claims that Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea’s failed transfer to the Spanish club was due to errors made by the English club, reports Sky Sports.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had previously released a statement claiming that the transfer had failed due to the English club ‘lacking experience’, and that their conduct in the transfer window had been a ‘disgrace’.
These comments came after a deal between the two clubs to transfer David de Gea to the Spanish capital, in an deal worth as much as £29.5 million including Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, fell apart on deadline day due to the necessary documentation being submitter 28 minutes after the Spanish window closed.
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First reports seemed to indicate this was due to delays on United end whilst modifications to the paperwork was being carried out. Rumours of technological issues on Madrid’s end also surface the day after the deal fell through.
United have now claimed however that everything on their end was completed and submitted by the midnight deadline, and that the failure of the deal was due to ‘clumsiness’ on Real Madrid’s behalf.
United hit back
The statement from United read “The facts speak for themselves and the FA are prepared to back our case that the documents were in on time. Real seem intent to move the focus away from their own clumsiness this summer.
"We all like to blame others but if you let one slip through your fingers into the back of the net, then ultimately the culpability is yours."
United’s comments are sure to provoke further retaliation from the Bernabeu hierarchy, with bitterness remaining on both sides due to the deals eventual failure.