David De Gea ends transfer speculation by penning new Man Utd contract

Date published: Monday 16th September 2019 3:17

David De Gea (image from Man Utd)

Manchester United have announced that David De Gea has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The new deal for the  Spain stopper will keep him at the club until at least June 2023, with an option to extend for a further year.

De Gea, whose deal was due to expire at the end of this season, has been long since linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the player over the summer.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had always maintained that a deal for the 28-year-old keeper was a priority and recently reiterated that an agreement was close, and now the former Atletico Madrid keeper has put pen to paper.

David De Gea told the club’s website: “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour. Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.

“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here. I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.

“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”

Solskjaer said he rated De Gea as the world’s best goalkeeper.

Solskjaer added: “I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club. Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.

“David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence.

“Over his time here, David has really understood the values of playing for Manchester United and now represents everything you want in a goalkeeper.

“As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.”

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