Goalkeeper David De Gea signs new four-year deal with Manchester United

Written By Joe Wright
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Goalkeeper David de Gea, who saw a move to Real Madrid collapse at the waning minutes before the transfer deadline, has signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United with the option for a fifth, the club announced.

The Spanish goalkeeper's previous deal was set to expire at the end of the coming season. Terms of the new contract weren't released.

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Despite not having played for United so far this season, De Gea has pledged his immediate future to the team and says he is looking forward to the future at Old Trafford.

"I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career," he told the club's official website. "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 team-mates to be successful."

Manager Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, has hailed the former Atletico Madrid player and is confident he will play a big part in United's future.

"I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract," he said. "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."

De Gea is set to make his first competitive appearance for United this season when it faces rival Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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