Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that he does not expect the Spanish club to make any signings in the January transfer window.
Madrid were recently hit with a transfer ban by FIFA after they were charged with irregularities in international transfers involving minors.
They will be banned from registering players in the next two transfer windows but they are still free to sign players in January, leading to rumours that they could go all out for long-term targets such as Manchester United’s David de Gea. However, Perez dismissed the reports.
“The FIFA sanction is hurtful,” Perez said.
“It is a very serious matter to smear Real Madrid’s reputation in this way. We are convinced that it is all a mistake; it is ridiculous to think Real Madrid will be punished for a matter concerning the protection of minors when the children have always been a priority for us. We are not going to be making any signings in the January window but that doesn’t have anything to do with the ban, it is because we have the best players and the best coach.”
Even if Madrid did go back in for De Gea, they would face a battle to prise him away from Man United mid-season.
There is also a question mark over whether or not the player would want to go to Spain, although he was close to a move in the summer. It is good to see that United have a higher chance of keeping De Gea but, at the same time, it is now unlikely that Madrid will let go of Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, who are both said to be on United’s radar.