Real Madrid brand United's handling of De Gea transfer "a disgrace"

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Perez refused to sell Sergio Ramos to Man Utd this summer
Perez refused to sell Sergio Ramos to Man Utd this summer

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has described Manchester United's handling of the David De Gea deal as "a disgrace" and suggested their chaotic transfer dealings are evidence of their lack of experience.

The paperwork that would have seen De Gea move from United to Real Madrid was not processed in time on the Spanish transfer deadline day, with the Spanish giants clearly convinced the blame lies with the Old Trafford club.

While Perez declined to mention United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in his comments, it is clear that the Real Madrid chief is furious after a second deal with the Old Trafford club collapsed at the last.

 "It was a disgrace. I do not want to blame anyone, but we do not understand why they took eight hours to check the contracts or that they didn't open negotiations until 12 hours before the deadline," stated Perez.

"In half an hour, we agreed everything. We sent them the paperwork at 1.30pm and it took eight hours for them to return it. I do not think they did it with malice.

"They probably would be very busy but one thing that you can do in an hour takes eight (hours) for them. We, Real Madrid and FIFA have proof but we do not want to make it public."

Perez went on to suggest United are amateurs when it comes to finalising transfer deals, as he citing two previous incidents when paperwork was not filed in time and also hinted that their succession of failed bids for players this summer highlighted their failings.

"I think they just lacked experience. It already happened to us (two seasons ago) with Fabio Coentrao and also happened to Athletic Bilbao with Ander Herrera," he added.

"When this happens more than once and you see that all the operations that, according to the media, they have tried to do during the summer (which didn't go through), one believes that this happened because it is a new team with no experience."

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that United made highly lucrative bids to sign striker Thomas Muller this summer, but they were rejected by the German champions.

"I'm talking about figures which were very high indeed. If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it," stated Rummenigge.

"But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.

"One thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future."