Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out making another move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during the January transfer window. The Blancos were linked with a move for the Spanish stopper during the entire summer, with the deal spectacularly breaking down during the final hours of the transfer deadline day.
The two clubs had finally agreed on a deal for the transfer of the former Atletico Madrid star after months of negotiations, but the paperwork was not delivered on time leading to the transfer breaking down and the player remaining with the Old Trafford club. Both the clubs, European giants by their own right, took to the media to blame each other for the transfer breaking down.
Perez has once again thrown the blame directly at the Premier League giants, claiming that they are inexperienced in dealing with last-minute transfers, which led to De Gea not fulfilling his wish of joining the Spanish capital club. Morever, the La Liga club's president has admitted that this was United's second failure in as many seasons on deadline day, after revealing that they failed with a last-minute move to sign Fabio Coentrao during last summer's transfer window.
"We will certainly not sign De Gea in January," Goal.com quoted Perez as saying to Cadena COPE."Madrid did its job as best it could. We did not get there on time because Manchester does not have the necessary experience to tackle these things on the last day, as happened last year with Coentrao," the La Liga club's president added.
Meanwhile, De Gea, who has been frozen out at club level by Louis van Gaal since the start of the season, is hoping to make his first appearance for the club when they welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford this Saturday 12 September, according to the Daily Mail. But Van Gaal is set to delay his decision until the last minute before deciding on his goalkeeper for the clash against the Reds.
The Spanish international started in goal for his country's Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia, which they won 1-0 and is hoping that this will convince the Dutchman to start him over the weekend. The Red Devils are planning to offer the stopper a bumper new deal to ward off the Spanish giants' interest next summer as well.