De Gea Drama

1 Sep

david-de-gea_3175501bIt wouldn’t be Real Madrid without some epic drama, now would it? We all watched with bated breath as the transfer window neared closing, only to find the deal with Manchester United scuppered in the most clusterfucky way possible. Let the finger pointing begin!

Real Madrid released an official statement putting the blame squarely on United.


Following yesterday’s events in relation to the intended signing of the player David de Gea, Real Madrid wishes to state:

1.- Manchester United did not open any channel of negotiation over the federative rights of David de Gea until yesterday morning.

2.- Real Madrid, despite the difficulties entailed in carrying out a deal of these characteristics on the final day of registration, agreed to begin these talks.

3.- When Manchester United agreed to negotiate yesterday morning, they made it subject to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas for the player to join the British club from this season, and stated that it was in contact with the aforementioned player’s representatives.

4.- Real Madrid and Manchester United quickly reached an agreement for the transfers of both players. Following the drawing up of the relevant contractual documentation required, and with the purpose of proceeding with enough time to process both FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) and the registration with the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, Real Madrid sent Manchester United the contracts at 13.39 Spanish time.

5.- Manchester United sent their remarks regarding the aforementioned contracts eight hours later, at 21.43 Spanish time, including minor modifications. As these modifications were not significant, they were all accepted immediately by Real Madrid, with the intention of being able to register the player on time both via the TMS and with the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.

6.- Real Madrid, having obtained the signatures of the players De Gea and Keylor Navas, sent the British club the aforementioned signed contracts at 23:32 Spanish time, before waiting to receive the final documents signed by Manchester United.

7.- Manchester United reached a final agreement with the representatives of Keylor Navas at 23:53 Spanish time, and it is at this point that the contracts were sent to the player to be signed.

8.- Manchester United entered the details of the David de Gea deal, not those of Keylor Navas, at 00:00 Spanish time, simultaneously sending Real Madrid the signed transfer contracts. Real Madrid received this complete documentation at 00:02 and attempted to access the TMS, but it was now closed.

9.- At 00:26 Spanish time, FIFA’s TMS invited Real Madrid to fill out the details of the player David de Gea, as the period of registration in England remains open until today. Real Madrid, given the possibility of an administrative dispute over the player’s transfer, decided to send the contracts to the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, despite the knowledge that the deadline had passed.

10.- In short, Real Madrid did everything necessary at all times to complete both transfers.

Who the hell knows what happened? This whole deal with the hemming and hawing has been ridiculous. I’m guessing that some heads may roll as a result of this balagan. And we get to go through this again in another 5 months. Yee hah!

You know, I’ve always thought De Gea resembled a llama. In this case, it’s apparently the Drama Llama.


– Lozil

8 Responses to “De Gea Drama”

  1. forzasusan September 1, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    I know at least one of our mutual friends would agree with this — when in doubt, blame Van Gaal.

    • mygypsyspirit September 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      I am anything but a fan of Van Gaal. But people fail to realize that transfers are so much more than just player/manager. Is Van Gaal to blame for how he’s treated players? Yes. Is it possible that De Gea wanted to leave because of that? Yes. Is the transfer saga ENTIRELY Van Gaal’s fault? Sweet Flying Spaghetti Monster, no!

  2. mygypsyspirit September 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I’m a bit concerned that it took United EIGHT HOURS to return the paperwork. This is why you don’t wait until the final day to do business. Everyone comes out of it looking like an asshole.

  3. M September 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    I laughed. And laughed. Real Madrid – nobody does drama like us.

  4. Mandy September 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    I feel bad for Keylor. Now he has to stay at a club where the overlords don’t want him. Such a pity. The saves he made against Betis…

  5. Natalie September 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    yeah they have entire summer to do transfers and they leave it till last minute. Frankly both clubs are idiots at this mess

  6. jellyace September 3, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    Maybe now is the chance for Real Madrid to really give Keylor Navas a try, as he is a terrific goalkeeper, and should not remain in the shadow of 2nd GK forever.


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