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Real Madrid’s Perez says De Gea move failed because Manchester United lacks transfer “experience”

Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa and Florentino Perez Present 'Catedra Real Madrid' Project 7th Edition

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Real Madrid President Florentino Perez gives as speech as he attends the 7th edition of the ‘Catedra Real Madrid’ Project at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Florentino Perez isn’t done taking shots at Manchester United.

Real Madrid had already issued a point-by-point critique laying out why the David De Gea-Keylor Navas trade-off failed at the summer transfer deadline, and now is pointing to United as novices in the transfer game.

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At least compared to the club that’s done a move for a “Galactico” or twelve.

Perez says a move that should’ve taken an hour “took eight”, and blasted the Red Devils’ chairman by using examples from 2013.

From the BBC:

Florentino Perez drew parallels with United’s failure to sign both Real’s Fabio Coentrao and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2013.

Goalkeeper De Gea’s move fell through as paperwork was not submitted in time.

“They lack experience,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

“This same thing happened to Coentrao and Herrera.”


The idea that United lacks experience in the transfer game is pretty funny. The club has sent Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham to La Liga’s giants, and purchased Angel Di Maria from Madrid amongst dozens of deals in recent years.

Hopefully this is the last blast in what’s become an annoying war of words, one that could’ve easily been avoided had either party not been having a foot-measuring contest.

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