Madrid - Real Madrid have blamed Manchester United for their
failure to sign Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before Monday's midnight transfer
deadline and said they did everything needed to complete the transaction.
De Gea faces an uncertain future after the deal to join
Real, which included Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas moving to the English club,
was scuppered when the paperwork did not arrive at the Spanish league in time
and the data was not entered into FIFA's Transfer Matching System (TMS) as
Real said in a statement on their website
(www.realmadrid.com) on Tuesday the bureaucratic snafu, which prompted
widespread ridicule on social media, was not their fault and detailed
exhaustively how and why the necessary documents were not ready until it was
United had not initiated talks on a possible De Gea transfer
until Monday morning, the statement said.
Also read: De Gea's shock United snub
After initial agreement was reached, Real said they sent the
contracts to United at 1:39 p.m. Spanish time (1139 GMT).
Eight hours later they were sent back with "small
modifications", which Real said they immediately accepted.
Real then sent the contracts signed by De Gea and Navas back
to United for their signature at 2132 GMT, 28 minutes before the deadline.
United entered the details of De Gea's transfer into TMS at
exactly midnight Spanish time but did not register the Navas deal and by then
it was too late for Real to access the system.
TMS gave them a last chance to register the deal around half
an hour later and Real also sent the documents to the Spanish league even
though they knew the deadline had passed.
"Real Madrid did everything necessary, and at all
times, to complete these two transfers," Real's statement concluded.
The Spanish league did not immediately respond to a request
for comment. A spokesman for United said they had no immediate response to
FIFA rules state that players can be registered only during
one of two annual transfer periods -- the other is in January -- with the
exception being if their contract has expired before the end of a registration
For a player to transfer to another country, their new club
and his previous club have to submit certain information and documentation to
The system then generates an International Transfer
Certificate (ITC) which allows the player's registration to be switched from
one country to another.
Asked on Tuesday about the failed transfer, a FIFA
spokesperson said: "Up until now, we do not appear to have been contacted
by either of the parties in this matter.
"Please understand that as a result we cannot comment
on a hypothetical scenario."
As things stand, De Gea, whose deal with United expires at
the end of the season when he can leave for free, could find himself out in the
cold, at least until the end of the year when the market opens again.
As the transfer saga rumbled on, United coach Louis van Gaal
left the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper out of the squad for the
Premier League club's opening games of the season, with Argentina international
Sergio Romero playing instead.
Real want De Gea as a long-term replacement for his Spain
team mate Iker Casillas, the former club captain who joined Porto in July.
De Gea was selected last week for Spain's forthcoming Euro
2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia although coach Vicente del
Bosque hinted that he could lose his place in the squad if his club situation
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