Manchester United: David De Gea’s Unsigned Real Madrid Contract Leaked (Photo)

Chris Wright

9th, February 2016



You may have noticed a steady slew of players having their contracts leaked all over the place recently, with Gareth Bale, Neymar, Anthony Martial and Toni Kroos all having the small print of their respective deals put on show for the world to see.

This is the work of self-proclaimed “TPO whistle-blowers” Football Leaks, who have come to prominence recently for posting scanned images of tons of paperwork in order to divulge the inner machinations of some of football’s biggest transfers. Whether you choose to view them as a force for good or evil really does depend on your moral compass.

Anyway, Football Leaks’ latest coup is the six-year contract that Real Madrid had drawn up for David De Gea when they came perilously close to signing him from Manchester United last August.

The move eventually collapsed at the 11th hour when an “administrative error” scuttled the whole thing on deadline day – many accusing United of deliberately fouling the paperwork in order to sabotage the transfer.

Anyway, the contract is now out there in the public realm and by the looks of things Real went big in order to tempt De Gea back to La Liga…

Providing the scan is kosher, the goalkeeper would have earned €11.8million per year (approx. £9.1million) in salary plus added incentives that would run until June 30, 2021.

He would have also landed a one-off signing-on bonus of €10.9million (£8.48million) to be paid in January 2016, together with an additional monthly salary of €6,000 a month. Pocket money, if you like.

In total, De Gea would have stood to earn a whopping €86.1million (£66.7million) over the course of the six years had the deal gone through as planned.

The full contract, complete with all the clauses, is downloadable here. De Gea’s Spanish Football Federation registration form is here.

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  1. Mr Sensible says:

    And didn’t it come out that David Bowie left £70m in his will, just £3m more than what De Gea could have earnt in years. Footballers do well don’t they.

    • Jarren says:

      To be fair to the Thin White Duke, he didn’t have global corporation logos splashed across his clothes for every tour. Or Sky Sports filming it all. For billions of people.

      It’s crazy I know that footballers can earn many times more than artists who leave a lasting legacy.

      But that’s the modern way. Not many musicians become millionaires, even less so now than 30 odd years ago. Footballers can become millionaires before they even hit 20.

      Of course, the most popular football clubs are much bigger than the biggest band or singer. More popularity, more sponsorship, more money.

  2. Jarren says:

    I don’t care what it takes to keep de Gea at United. He should be given whatever he wants.

    Of course, I think the thing he wants most is to return home to play for Real.

    You can’t deny him that dream.


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