Manchester United: De Gea takes the clickbait and signs a new Old Trafford contract
The Metro’s Jamie Sanderson plugs into his click-o-rama and says “David De Gea to sign new Manchester United contract with Real Madrid transfer interest dead”.
De Gea wants to stay at United? We thought he was mad keen to play for Real Madrid, his move to Spain having been scuppered at the very last moment by shoddy admin. De Gea’s transfer to Madrid missed the deadline by a couple of minutes.
Over in the Sun, we read “Man Useless Real chief raps Woodward”.
Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez points the finger at Ed Woodward, United’s chief deal maker. He says:
“Those who are running United lack experience. What happened was a disgrace… What is shocking is that if someone wants to do a deal they decide to do it 12 hours before the deadline. I was telling people this won’t happen. Because I knew the lack of experience of their managing team. I think they lack experience because the same happened to us last year with Fabio Coentrao. With Manchester United exactly the same. And it happened with Athletic Bilbao with Ander Herrera. I know United very well. I had worked with them for many years, with Peter Kenyon and David Gill…
“United always told us he was not for sale until midday Monday. We could have said we’re no longer interested but we thought we had the obligation to try and do a deal. United told us the contracts had been sent before midnight so we thought there might be a chance but then we saw the screen and it was past the deadline.”
And what about the deal being dead and De Gea loving Man United anew?
“I haven’t spoken to him. Jose Angel Sanchez has. He told me that he was very affected because it was his dream to play for Real Madrid.”
Over in the Mirror, we’re told:
De Gea has 10 months left on his United deal and the club’s offer of a new £200,000-a-week agreement remains on the table. However United do not expect De Gea to have a change of heart and pledge his future to Old Trafford when he is so keen to return to his native Madrid.
The Times says De Gea is “Stuck at Old Trafford”, waiting for “his dream move to Real”. The player is “distraught”.
So. About that new contract in the Metro?