Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has labelled the David De Gea transfer debacle a “shame”.
De Gea’s move to Madrid could not be completed in time on transfer deadline day in Spain, meaning he is forced to stay at Manchester United for another year until his contract runs out.
Both clubs have since been locked in a war of words over what went wrong for the deal to fall through and Guti was left evidently disappointed with the result.
Speaking to AS, the Spaniard said: “De Gea is one of the two or three best keepers in the world and it is a shame what has happened.
“All of Madridismo was hoping that he would come this season. The president did everything possible to bring him here, but it wasn’t to be.”
Guti’s claim of Madrid president Florentino Perez doing ‘everything possible’ is a strange one, given that Los Blancos only started talks for the goalkeeper on the final day of the window. The former midfielder is also worried about De Gea being frozen out at Old Trafford, following the failed transfer.
He continued: “I hope that he is able to handle a year in the wilderness if he is left in the stands and that he knows that after that the best team in the world is waiting for him.”
It seems everyone involved at Real Madrid (who are not even the best team in Spain, let alone the world) is trying their best to ensure De Gea is at the Bernabeu next year.
With reports suggesting the goalkeeper could be considering signing a new contract at Man United, the 10-time European champions seem to be struggling with the fact that they, for once, did not get exactly what they wanted out of a transfer window.