Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out a January move for David de Gea and hinted that he expects the goalkeeper to sign a new deal at Manchester United.
De Gea has not started any of the club’s six matches this season and was set for a move to Madrid, only for it to dramatically collapse on deadline day.
When an offer was finally made and accepted on, paperwork was not filed in time to complete the move – and the club’s chief has now ruled out making another move when the window reopens.
Asked by Spanish radio Cadena Cope if he would try to sign him in January he said: ‘No definitely not,’ and when pushed on what Madrid’s next move might be he added: ‘We are not contemplating that he comes next year.
‘He is there and we have three very good goalkeepers. We have not told him not to sign (a new deal). He has to do what is best for his career. It’s very difficult that he does nothing for a year. When people say: “wait for a year and then he comes free” that has never happened with any big player.’
Perez rejected claims that the club must pay a penalty clause to the player for not signing him this summer. ‘It’s not true,’ he said. ‘Every day something new comes out and we don’t have to deny everything but these things come out and people believe them to be true.’
He also denied that De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes has too much influence at Madrid saying: ‘At Real Madrid Jorge Mendes only has three players Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez and nothing beyond that.’
In the radio broadcast, which was also filmed, the Real Madrid chief reiterated his belief that United’s incompetence had ruined De Gea’s deadline day move.
He showed documents that he said proved they entered FIFA’s Transfer Matching System at midnight with Madrid trying to access the system two minutes later after the deadline had passed.
‘You can leave things until the last day, but not until midnight on the last day. Everyone knows that we did everything we could,’ he said.
Perez also said that Gareth Bale was not for sale despite rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League. ‘He grew up as a Madrid fan and he wants to be here. He has incredible belief in his own ability. He will not leave,’ he added.
The Madrid chief had praise for Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho saying: ‘he got us back to where we belonged playing in three Champions League semi-finals. Now we have the best coach we can have in Rafa Benitez and a spectacular team.’