Football Leaks have revealed details of what would have been Manchester United keeper David de Gea’s contract at Real Madrid, had the move been successfully completed last summer.
Football Leaks, a website that has previously leaked official club documents pertaining to player contracts and transfer agreements, released details of Manchester United star David de Gea’s Real Madrid contract on Tuesday. The move famously fell through on the transfer deadline day due to administrative issues, with both United and Real Madrid blaming each other for the high-profile fiasco.
The Spain international goalkeeper has since signed a new four-year deal with the club. However, it is believed that Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez still retains an interest in the Red Devils’ shot-stopper and an attempt could be made to sign the 25-year-old in the near future. There have also been rumours of a buy-out clause in De Gea’s latest contract with Manchester United, which would make it much easier for Los Blancos to lure their man to Madrid.
Football Leaks released De Gea’s proposed contract with the Spanish giants, while also releasing a document confirming that Real Madrid registered De Gea with the football federation in Spain (RFEF). According to the Telegraph, the Manchester United goalie was set to earn €11 million a year plus bonuses and was set to sign a six-year contract.
Meanwhile, Football Espana report that Spanish daily AS estimated the total cost of the deal for Real Madrid to be €86 million. Breaching the six-year agreement would not have been an option for De Gea, as the contract apparently stipulated that the Spaniard would be liable to pay €500 million in compensation to the club if that were to occur.
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De Gea’s plans for the future will be clearer this summer
Although the keeper signed a new four-year deal after his dream move to Real Madrid fell through, there is some doubt as to how much that contract is really worth — particularly if it has a provision for a release clause in it. In the entirely conceivable event that Manchester United miss out on next season’s Champions League, De Gea could well try to complete his move to the Spanish capital this summer.
Current Real Madrid first-choice keeper Keylor Navas has been superb this season. David de Gea on the other hand is showing on a consistent basis that he is among Europe’s best keepers. Florentino Pérez could come calling at the end of this season and if the rumours about a release clause are in fact true, there is little Manchester United will be able to do to prevent the move from finally taking place.