Agency, 17 September : After 18 months of complex negotiations, and amid considerable interest from European rivals, David de Gea has committed himself to Manchester United by signing a four-year contract extension.
The 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper has agreed an improved deal reportedly worth £350,000 a week – including an option to extend for a fifth season – after evidently resolving to try and help restore United to former glories.
Given that his previous agreement ended in June, De Gea would have been free to talk to other clubs from January onwards. Paris Saint-Germain were among those keen to recruit him, while there has long been speculation regarding interest from Real Madrid.
He arrived at Old Trafford in 2011, joining from Atlético Madrid for £18.3m and winning his sole title in his second season when the team were still under Sir Alex Ferguson’s charge.
His decision to stay on bolsters Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s position at a time when the manager is attempting to build a squad strong enough to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the game’s major honours.
As United faltered at times last season, so too did De Gea, whose form plummeted as his future in Manchester became shrouded in increasing uncertainty. He has begun this campaign in reassuringly impressive form but thanked supporters for their understanding.
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