By Andy Hyslop
- Real Madrid waited until the final day to compete the protracted transfer
- Deal collapsed as relevant paper wasn’t filed
- Leaves De Gea stuck at a club where he appears to have burnt his bridges
The transfer of David De Gea to Real Madrid has been talked about for not just this summer, but also through the whole last season. Why did Real Madrid wait until the final day of the transfer window to make their move officially? Only for it to collapse, where does this leave De Gea?
David De Gea has been named the Manchester United player of the year for the previous two season, by both the fans and his team-mates. Even last year when the fans especially knew he was going to leave Manchester for Madrid. I think every United fan understands his reasons for wanting the move to Madrid. It’s his home city, of course his family live there and the one underlying factor is that his girlfriend lives there.
Whether or not Manchester United have been naïve in not tying him to a longer contract or whether they have tried but the player and representatives have refused these offers because of Real Madrid’s interest, we are not going to discuss that here. The fact of the matter is he reached the end of last season with one year remaining on his contract. it appears from the outside looking in that De Gea wants the move to Madrid, Madrid themselves wanted the player and United on their part were willing to sell at a certain price.
De Gea Needs to Play!
Now that we know that David De Gea is staying at Old Trafford, till at least January. He needs to be playing first-team football. He can’t afford to be not playing for much longer if he is going to be the Spanish No.1 in the European Championships this summer. Rumours are abound that manager Louis Van Gaal won’t play the Spaniard unless he signs a new deal.
Van Gaal has claimed that De Gea hasn’t been in the right frame of mid since the start of the season. His stance was always he wouldn’t play while the transfer window was open, due to the continued speculation over his goalkeeper’s future. Van Gaal himself probably felt De Gea would be gone at some point before the window closed and therefore was anticipating having to play him once again.
De Gea for his part will need to go back to Manchester after the International break is over, get his down, train as hard as possible and prove to Van Gaal that he has a desire to play for Manchester United. He will need to prove that his mind is solely on helping United achieve results on the pitch.