The fallout from Real Madrid’s failed transfer bid for David de Gea continues past the transfer deadline, with large figures within the Spanish national team camp speaking out over the saga.
Real Madrid defender and De Gea’s Spain teammate Sergio Ramos, himself the subject of protracted negotiations between Real and Manchester United this summer, spoke about the deal on Tuesday.
Degea and Ramos
“I have not spoken to him and I don’t know what his opinion is,” he said. “I think life goes on and no one is dying. He has to keep working to keep at his level because I think he is a candidate to become one of the best goalkeepers.”
Spanish national team coach Vincente del Bosque had slightly more to say on the subject, telling the 24-year-old goalkeeper to get his head down and concentrate on playing well in the situation in which he finds himself , or risk not being picked for the European Championships next summer.
Speaking to Marca, he said: “No, but if I do feel the need to talk to him about it then I will say something. He needs to be professional and move on from this episode.
“I hope that he starts playing again and is happy, and if he plays well we can bring him along, otherwise if he doesn’t play it will be very difficult for him to come (to the Euros).”
The summer-long transfer saga reached a dramatic end on Monday night at the end of the Spanish transfer window, when news broke of unsubmitted paperwork minutes after the deadline.
It took most of the following day for the full details to emerge, with the two clubs trading blames for the failed transfer.