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De Gea To Be Considered For United
Manchester United have rubbished reports that David De Gea will continue to spend his matchdays in the stands. The Spain international hasn’t played since an appearance in a pre-season friendly with Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago in July with manager Louis van Gaal claiming De Gea had told goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play. But a United spokesman said that reports coming from Spain that De Gea still woudn’t be considered for selection are wide of the mark.
“Those reports are absolute rubbish, the team will always be picked solely on merit,” a club spokesman said on Thursday.
United’s next game is against Liverpool at Old Trafford a week tomorrow.
United are likely to offer De Gea a new deal worth £200,000 a week – some £70,000 a week he will earn at Real Madrid. But De Gea will reject the offer safe in the knowledge that he will pick up over £7million from Real Madrid even though he hasn’t signed for the club.
De Gea has already agreed to join the Spanish giants and came to an agreement whereby he would be paid €10million (£7.2million) if he didn’t join by 20 August, the final registration period for La Liga’s first round of matches. That dropped to €5million (£3.6million) if Real signed him up by 1 September. The fact that he hasn’t moved to the Bernabeu means he will pick up the ten million euros – plus his United wage.
Perez: ‘Manchester United Board Lacks Transfer Experience’
Meanwhile, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says a lack of experience amongst United’s negotiators – presumably executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – led to the De Gea deal collapsing.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Perez said that United told Madrid through De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, on Monday that they wanted to discuss the sale of the keeper.
“Manchester knew he did not want to renew. It was not for sporting reasons but that he would like to return to Spain,” said Perez.
“We do not talk with anyone who will not talk. If you say there is no chance … Manchester had said that he was not for sale. We are very respectful towards all clubs.
“But the player had made an effort and we could not leave it lying. At 1.30pm Manchester had all the contracts. We just needed to agree on the price.”
Perez was asked if the transfer fee offered by Madrid was €20million (£14.5million) plus €10million (£7.2million) in add-ons as is being reported in Spain.
“Whatever,” he replied. “Contracts are made and shipped and then you make the transfer agreement between the two clubs’ players. What do you pay for De Gea and what to pay for Keylor [Navas]. It took eight hours to return.
“I do not think there has been ill will, I imagine they would have had a lot of work to do. But there was very little time remaining. I have to tell the truth. The hours are fixed on a screen. At 23:59:59 it closes. We had to send it to FIFA but it arrived too late.
“What happened is a disgrace. I do not want to blame anyone but I want to understand why it needed eight hours if you only want to sell in the last twelve hours.
“If someone comes to us to buy and we say that he is not for sale then he is not for sale. And that’s what they told us until 31 August. We could have said we were not interested, but we thought we had an obligation to try knowing it was going to be difficult.
“I do not think there has been misconduct. What they [Manchester United] lack is experience. The same thing happened [in 2013] with Coentrao and with Athletic Bilbao for Ander Herrera.
“With Coentrao it was the same with De Gea. The same – the same day. It is a new team that lacks experience.”
Perez admitted that De Gea has been on his side’s radar for some time.
“We knew more than a year ago that De Gea was the future in the Madrid goal because he is the best suited. Then comes Keylor, with whom we are very satisfied.”
Perez said that although he does not know whether De Gea will move to Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer he hasn’t spoken to the player. But chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez has.
“He is very upset because he was very excited to be coming here.”