David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United. The new contract also has an option of extension for one year.
The transfer of De Gea had become an epic saga in the history of world football. From Real Madrid agreeing to pay £29 million to United submitting the papers after the Spanish transfer window was shut, the world has seen it all in the last couple of months.
Probably, Manchester United's vice-chairman Ed Woodward had in his mind from the very first day when Madrid started enquiring about the 24-year-old Spanish goalkeeper, that come what may, the Red Devils will not sell De Gea.
United fans have gone crazy on Twitter after getting to see this piece of news. But this will also be a point of concern for their second goalkeeper Sergio Romero. One can only hope that he does not receive the same treatment that Victor Valdes did after arriving from FC Barcelona last season.
The Spaniard joined United back in 2011, in the era of Sir Alex Ferguson and ever since then, has featured in 175 games for the Red Devils. He has won the English Premier League once with the club in the 2012-2013 season. De Gea has also won two Sir Matt Busby Player of the year.
"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," David De Gea told MUTV.
United boss Louis Van Gaal has always had a high regard for De Gea and he expressed his delight after the latter signed a new deal with the club on Friday.
"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," Louis Van Gaal told MUTV.