Manchester United have announced that goalkeeper David de Gea has signed a new four-year contract with the option of an extra year.
De Gea was said to be “distraught” over the collapse of a £29million deadline-day move to join Real Madrid but the 24-year-old has now committed to a new deal with United.
The Spain stopper told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career.
“I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career. I’m looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my team-mates to be successful.”
Senior figures at Old Trafford said earlier this summer that they had given up hope of De Gea staying at the club, but he has now performed a remarkable U-turn that will please manager Louis van Gaal and the club’s fans immensely.
Van Gaal said: “He’s one of the best keepers in the world. I’m very pleased he will be part of the team for many years to come.”
— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) September 11, 2015
De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes and members of the goalkeeper’s family were spotted going into the club’s training ground in Carrington on Thursday for talks. Van Gaal left De Gea out of his team for the first six games of the season because he said he felt the two-time player of the year was not able to focus due to Madrid’s interest in him. De Gea played for Spain in their midweek Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia, but it remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will feature for United in Saturday’s home game against Liverpool.