Kevin Kilbane: ‘Daft’ David De Gea saga makes Man United look silly
Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane discusses David De Gea's collapsed move to Real Madrid
Manchester United have been made to look silly after David De Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid fell through on Monday, according to Kevin Kilbane.
According to BBC Sport, Real Madrid and United failed to get the necessary documentation to the Spanish Football Federation before the 23:00 BST La Liga deadline.
It does make the whole transfer window look daft when clubs like these act in the manner they have done
The Red Devils were reported to have agreed a £29m fee with the 10-time European champions, with Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas set to join United as part of the deal.
However, De Gea looks set to remain at Old Trafford, which means the shot stopper could leave the 13-time Premier League winners on a free transfer next summer.
And former Republic of Ireland international Kilbane said the De Gea saga had made two of the biggest football clubs in the world look daft after the documentation mix-up.
“It’s ridiculous that it’s come to this. After all the talk over the summer, all of a sudden you haven’t got the paperwork in time. It does make two of the biggest clubs in the world look silly,” Kilbane told BBC Sport.
“Why can’t clubs do their business early? The problem is it’s all so cat and mouse; can you save a few million, can you hold out for the best possible fee, knowing De Gea is in the last year of his contract?
“But it does make the whole transfer window look daft when clubs like these act in the manner they have done. And where does this leave De Gea himself? How can United have a player of his ability sitting on the bench? His value is diminishing by the day.”
United manager Louis van Gaal has omitted De Gea from his first five match-day squads of the season, starting summer signing Sergio Romero in goal.