Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea has denied he has signed with Manchester United, contrary to reports claiming the 20-year-old’s transfer is a done deal.
Even United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had confirmed the transfer on Tuesday, but the ‘keeper issued a statement through his attorney, José Bouzas Aragón, on Wednesday that read:
“David de Gea Quintana, player of Club Atlético de Madrid, in response to the news that has appeared in several media sources today in which it is claimed that he has signed as a player of Manchester United, by way of the present note would like to deny said reports, as it is not true that he has been transferred.”
The statement, sent by De Gea’s lawyer to the Spanish EFE news agency and published by several media outlets, was reportedly signed by the Atleti youth product and ended with the following message:
“[De Gea] will not consider Atlético Madrid’s nor any other offer until June 30, when his Spain U21 duties are fulfilled.”
Meanwhile, Radio MARCA reports Atleti general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín plans on meeting with De Gea to discuss a contract extension.
It is said the club is prepared to offer the youngster a salary package that would double his current earnings, bringing his wages up to €3m per year, and he will be offered captaincy of the squad.