David de Gea has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, with the option to extend for a further year.
The 24-year-old Spain international, who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011 was expected to seal a return move to La Liga to join rival Real Madrid this summer.
However, following the move collapsing on transfer deadline day due to documents arriving late, De Gea has opted to sign fresh terms at the Premier League club.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2015
“I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,” said De Gea.
“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 (@D_DeGea) September 11, 2015
United manager Louis van Gaal, who has opted to play Argentina’s Sergio Romero ahead of De Gea in all four of his side’s league games this year, expects last season’s first-choice stopper to enjoy a lengthy career with the club.
“I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract,” the Dutchman enthused. “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.”