La Liga president Javier Tebas has supported Real Madrid and laid the blame for the failed David de Gea transfer on Man United’s doorstep.
The Spanish goalkeeper was set to move to Madrid in a £29m deal which included Keylor Navas moving in the opposite direction on deadline day.
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However, the required paperwork wasn’t filed on time and the transfer collapsed, thus leaving both sides blaming each other for the mess.
Tebas has now voiced his opinion on the matter, and has insisted that it was United who failed to deliver on their obligations in time.
“If you were to ask anyone from Real Madrid or Manchester United, they would know more about the subject than me,” Tebas said, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News HQ.
“All I know is when I spoke to Madrid, things happened a bit late but I believe in Real Madrid’s version a little more than Manchester United’s version.”
Tebas confirmed that Madrid called to ask what had happened, but they did not contact him to appeal the decision and try to push the transfer through.
It remains to be seen what happens to de Gea for the rest of the season at Old Trafford, as it has been suggested that he will not be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.
Reports claim that he will be restored to the line-up against Liverpool on Saturday, but Louis Van Gaal has yet to confirm his plans.