By Toby Prince
The Red Devils provided confirmation on Friday via @ManUtd:
“David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract at #mufc with an option to extend for a further year.”
The Spanish international told United’s official website that he was thrilled to be committing his future to the club after a turbulent few months:
“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 teammates to be successful.”
Manager Louis van Gaal also told the official website he was happy with the extension and that he expected De Gea to stay at Old Trafford for a long time:
“I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract. He is one of the best goalkeepers in world football. I am very pleased that he will be part of the team for many years to come.
“David made a very important contribution to our performance last season and he has been the club’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons. He is a popular player who is keen to learn and enhance his game. At such a young age for a goalkeeper, he has many years ahead of him.”
De Gea, who was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers, and the news will come as a great relief to United supporters after plenty of speculation about his future; a proposed move to Real Madrid fell through in the final minutes of the summer transfer window.
While De Gea initially struggled to settle amid the robust landscape of top-flight English football, he has gone on to become an immovable figure between the sticks for the Red Devils.