The Spanish club’s president has labelled Manchester United’s ‘inexperience’ in the transfers market as it played a crucial role in the breakdown of Dea Gea’s deal from England to Spain.
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 the Spanish press.
“This same thing happened to Coentrao and Herrera.”
Real Madrid and Manchester United blame each other for the delay in sending the documents to finalize De Gea’s transfer.
The Spanish club said they did everything they could to complete the £29m signing of the 24-year-old, but missed the deadline by two minutes.
United – who were hoping to sign Keylor Navas as part of the deal – said they submitted all of the paperwork two minutes before the 23:00 BST deadline.