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De Gea stays put after missed deadline

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MADRID (AP) The deadline arrived, but the announcement never did.

In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs reportedly struck a deal, but the expected announcement never came, apparently because the paperwork wasn't submitted on time.

So much for British punctuality. Or was it a failure by the Spanish club, which had to convince goalkeeper Keylor Navas to make the move to Manchester as part exchange?

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