Real Madrid's version of David De Gea deal closer than Man United's - LFP

Real Madrid's account of David De Gea's failed transfer is closer to the truth than Manchester United's version of events, according to Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) president Javier Tebas.

De Gea, 24, was set to complete a £29 million move to Real Madrid on Monday but the deal fell through when the signing was not registered with the LFP before the deadline.

Madrid released a statement on Tuesday saying they had done "everything" possible to sign De Gea, which United followed up by blaming Los Blancos as the war of words escalated.

But LFP chief Tebas told AS on Wednesday: "I am a lawyer and I know that in these situations there are two, three or four versions of events. As far as La Liga is concerned it is a handicap that De Gea is not here.

"I would have liked to see him play in La Liga because he is a Spanish goalkeeper and an excellent one but due to the circumstances that unfolded it wasn't to be. What happened, as far as I know, is closest to the version given by Real Madrid."

Real, who were set to sell Keylor Navas to United as part of the deal, have indicated that they will not appeal the decision and De Gea will remain at Old Trafford until at least January -- and Tebas confirmed the Spanish giants did not call for "special treatment."

He said: "As far as the LFP is concerned there is no David De Gea case because the player has not been registered for the competition and the necessary documentation was not presented in the stipulated time. I had a conversation with Real Madrid, they rang me on Monday night.

"They gave me their explanations but in the knowledge that the deadline had been missed. They know how it works. I didn't feel any pressure. Madrid explained their situation after midnight.

"I understood their position and that of the player but there was nothing I could do. They didn't call to ask for any kind of special treatment because Madrid understand the rules."

Juan Mata called United and Spain teammate De Gea "a great professional" and predicted he will overcome the disappointment of his failed transfer, while Madrid captain Sergio Ramos added: "Life goes on... nobody has died for this."

United boss Louis van Gaal has so far not selected the goalkeeper this season due to concerns over his focus, but Spain boss Vicente del Bosque said De Gea must be playing first-team football if he is to remain in contention for the national team.