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Perez Hits Out At United For Botched De Gea Deal

Real Madrid are still complaining about the botched deal with Manchester United for David De Gea. Real president Florentino Perez hit out at United on Spanish radio.

Perez was on Spanish radio station Cardena Ser and spoke about the De Gea situation, and he kept laying the blame on United and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“I think what they lack is experience,” Perez said. “It happened last year with [Fabio] Coentrao, exactly the same. And it happened with Ander Herrera and Athletic Bilbao. They have a new team and they lack experience.

“We have missed out on players before, Franck Ribery and Patrick Vieira for example, but what is surprising is that someone wants to do a deal and only starts the process 12 hours before.

“It’s the inexperience of the new people in charge. We have worked with them before [without problems], with Peter Kenyon and David Gil and with Sir Alex Ferguson.

“We still have good relationship with Manchester United but this is the exactly the same as happened before with Coentrao and Herrera and we thought they would have learned from what happened in the past.”

The proposed deal would have taken David De Gea to Madrid in exchange for money and Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The negotiations only started on the Spanish transfer deadline day, and the teams failed to get the deal done before the end of the transfer window. There was rumors about the teams trying to get dispensation from FIFA, but nothing materialized.

“They entered into Fifa [the transfer matching system] at 00.00 and we entered at 00.02 so it was too late,” Perez said. “The offer from them was to make them look good. It was an offer from people who are not experts in the world of football.”

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