Just two weeks after his £29 million move to Real Madrid fell through on deadline day, David de Gea has signed a four-year contract extension with Manchester United, the club announced Friday morning.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2015
According to the Spanish site Marca, the deal will pay de Gea €9 million (about £4 million) per year, the same number United had offered de Gea earlier in 2015. De Gea’s current deal was set to expire at the end of June 2016, which would have allowed the star goalkeeper to leave the club for free.
Upon signing the contract, de Gea took to twitter to share his feelings.
— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) September 11, 2015
De Gea would also go on to tell the club’s official website, “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.”
The deal includes an option for a fifth year and provides a great deal of clarity to de Gea’s future.
De Gea had been dropped by United manager Louis van Gaal for the club’s first six games. While van Gaal did say he would consider re-inserting de Gea once the transfer window closed, there was still an element of uncertainty as to whether he actually would regain the No. 1 shirt.
With de Gea’s future now sorted, he could be restored to United’s first team as early as Saturday’s crucial match against rival Liverpool.