Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims the club has made no contact with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea following their failed attempts to bring him to the Spanish capital in 2015.
De Gea had been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu, and famously came close to joining the Spanish giants two summers ago, but saw the transfer fall through after paperwork failed to be completed in time.
While the Real Madrid president insists he likes current Los Blancos stopper Keylor Navas, and spoke about the failed approach for Man Utd’s number one in 2015.
“We haven’t spoken to De Gea,” Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“The last time I spoke to him was when the fatality [failed move in 2015] happened. Two years ago we had an issue and then the appropriate circumstances didn’t arise.
“The players are very fond of Keylor and also the coach. I love Keylor Navas.
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“Why we wanted Gea before? Because in the summer of 2015 I did not know him as much as I do now.”
Navas won La Liga title and the Champions League with Real Madrid during the 2016/17 season, but was criticised during parts of the campaigns after some shaky displays as he still managed to help Los Blancos keep one of the best defensive records in the league, conceding 41 goals.
Perez also praised AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma – even admitting to ‘following’ the 18-year-old, who recently rejected a new contract in Milan.
“Donnarumma? Everyone in the world says he’s a great player, who will replace Buffon in the national team,” Perez added.
“That he’s one with great quality. The whole world is telling me. We’re definitely following him, but I can’t tell you everything we’ll do.”
United are expected to invest heavily this summer and Perez’s comments could be a boost for the Red Devils as their apparent lacks of interest potentially means De Gea may end up staying at Old Trafford for another season, meaning manager Jose Mourinho can invest elsewhere.