After months (years?) of negotiations and uncertainty, David de Gea has signed a new long term contract at Manchester United. De Gea’s new four-year contract ties him to the club until 2023, with the option to extend for a further year. Already at United for 8 years, the end of De Gea’s new deal will take him to 13 years with the Reds — just a year short of fellow United greats Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van Der Sar combined. De Gea’s new deal reportedly comes with a lucrative pay rise as well, making him the highest paid goalkeeper in football, as well as United’s top earner.
The number one had this to say on sorting out his future:
“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.”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has repeatedly expressed hope that a deal for De Gea could be agreed, and sounded delighted that it has been finally done:
“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.”
Now that De Gea has joined Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in signing contract extensions, United are likely to turn their attention to agreeing fresh terms with the likes of Victor Lindelöf and Paul Pogba.