David de-Gea has finally committed his long-term future to Manchester United to 2023 after the Spaniard put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a £375,000-a-week deal that also includes the option to extend for a further year. It will end years of speculation that the Spain international will return to his homeland, with Real Madrid strongly linked with him in the past.
United’s No 1 has agreed to the new contract which will see him rake in a staggering £13.3million a season after tax, making him the club’s best-paid player.
The news will bring an end to reports linking him with a return to his native Spain, with Real Madrid keen to bring him back in recent years. He was also linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus earlier this summer but De Gea has insisted that he loves the Red Devils, according to his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian boss admitted that he was confident that a deal would be completed this week and it appears he has got his wish.
‘I’m very – or pretty – confident we’ll get this sorted,’ Solskjaer said. ‘David has never, ever said anything else to me, other than he loves this club, he wants to stay here and he’s had a fantastic time, so let’s hope we just get it over the line. ‘He’s the best goalkeeper in the world, we’ve seen that over the years, and I hope I can make sure he’ll finish his career at Manchester United at the highest level.
De Gea signed for United from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 and has since made 367 appearances for the club.
He has won the Premier League title, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League during his time with United. De Gea said: ‘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.
Honours at Man United
Premier League 2012-13
FA Cup 2015-16
EFL Cup 2016-17
FA Community Shield 2011, 2013, 2016
UEFA Europa League 2016-17
‘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.’