Real Madrid president, Perez reveals why they failed to sign Messi

But Los Blancos president Perez claims bitter rivals Real nearly beat the Catalans to the punch.

"Two years ago we had the disaster of the late fax, they (United) sent it two minutes late and that was it", Perez said in an interview with Spanish daily Marca today, the day after earning a third consecutive mandate with Real.

The 18-year-old has reportedly told AC Milan he will not be extending his contract which expires next summer and Madrid are thought to be in pole position for his signature.

"Everyone says he's a great player, he's going to be the substitute for Buffon", Perez said. I like Keylor Navas.

De Gea, however, does not appear set for a move to Madrid as a replacement for LaLiga and Champions League-winning keeper Keylor Navas.

"The players are very fond of Keylor and also the coach".

Reports from Spain earlier this season claimed that Zinedine Zidane, two years after Madrid failed to sign the 26-year-old in hilarious fashion, had reignited the club's interest in De Gea.

After tearing it up for Santos and the Brazilian national team, Neymar quickly became one of the hottest talents in world football and a long queue for his signature formed, and featured the very biggest clubs in the world. "We're definitely following him, but I can't tell you everything we'll do". "When [coach Zinedine] Zidane comes back, we will see what he thinks of Donnarumma's case".

He said: "Of course we would have loved to have had Messi at Madrid. But we will not talk about what we are doing", Real president explained.

Real president, Perez was speaking about the potential signings of the club in this summer's transfer window, and with the club election at hand, it is imperative that a statement signing is made, of which three names have been bandied around.

  • Julie Sanders