Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has signed a four-year extension with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2019. There is also an option to extend the deal for a further year.
The news of De Gea’s renewal comes shortly after a proposed transfer with Real Madrid collapsed last week after the required paperwork did not go through on time.
There had been reports that United manager Louis van Gaal had threatened to bench the Spain international for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign until the player signed a new deal with the club. The Dutchman had already excluded the goalkeeper from the team’s first six matches, and reports from Spain speculated that De Gea had told his agent, Jorge Mendes, to engineer talks with United in order to renew his contract.
However, United officials quickly dismissed the claims made by the Spanish media.
Speaking today via Manchester United’s official website, De Gea said he was looking forward to putting the transfer saga behind him and focusing on his future at Old Trafford.
“I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,” the goalkeeper said.
“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.”
It is not known how much De Gea will earn with his new contract. But previous reports speculated the goalkeeper could earn between £200,000-350,000-per-week.
The goalkeeper and his representative spent the better part of last season negotiating with United, with the two parties reportedly disagreeing on the player’s buy-out clause.
It is now clear that issue has been resolved.
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