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De Gea stays put after missed deadline

(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

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.

Real Madrid and United had finally appeared to reach an agreement on the transfer on Monday after talks that dragged on for several weeks, but local media said the clubs failed to register the new contract with the Spanish league offices before midnight local time.