Miami - Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, is absent from the British club’s official marketing products this season due to his last-minute failed transfer on deadline day to Real Madrid.
Miami – Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, is absent from the British club’s official marketing products this season due to his last-minute failed transfer on deadline day to Real Madrid.
The Red Devils were allegedly forced to remove his image from several of the promotional materials where players’ names and photos appear, such as the club’s calendar.
According to UK’s Daily Mirror, a former Man United employee declared that the British club was not sure if De Gea was going to remain with them.
Therefore, they had to eliminate his image as a Red Devils player when he was about to sign with Real Madrid, because it was risky and it would have affected the fans.
“The marketing department was running out of time, they were desperate to include De Gea, but thought he would end up leaving so they could not risk to have one of their former stars appear in the calendar that would hang on their fans’ walls,” explained the former club’s employee.
The same source, who chose to speak on the condition of anonymity, said the Spanish star was also taken out of every other Manchester United official advertisement this season.
David De Gea’s photo does not appear on the team’s souvenirs, such as books and notebooks, which were printed before the closing of the last summer transfer window.
Ever since his transfer to Real Madrid failed, the 24-year-old Spanish international resolved his problems with manager Louis Van Gaal and both have been quoted as saying to be “delighted” to continue working together.
De Gea is back to being the team’s main goalie after signing a new four-year contract with the Red Devils until 2019, with option for extension.
Even if deleted from the team’s marketing, De Gea will still receive royalties from the sale of the club’s products.