Manchester United tie 'best in the world' David de Gea to new deal to fend off Real Madrid

David de Gea of Manchester United poses after signing a new contract with the club. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has committed his future to the club after signing a new contract.

Spanish goalkeeper De Gea, who joined the club in 2011, has put pen-to-paper on a new deal which will keep him at Old Trafford til 2023. The agreement also includes an option to extend for a further year.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the 28-year-old said he was ‘honoured’ to extend his stay.

“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,” he told the club’s website.

“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”

In his eight years at the club, De Gea has featured 367 times and has helped the club to success in the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League as well as winning the club’s player of the year award a record four times.

He added: “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.”

De Gea, who arrived in Manchester from Atletico Madrid, has long been linked to return to his homeland with Real Madrid reportedly keen to take him back to the Spanish capital.

In fact, back in 2015, a deal was in place for the stopper to join the Bernabeu club but the transfer broke down at the last minute, reportedly due to a faulty fax machine.

David de Gea poses with Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing his new contract. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

De Gea had recently entered the final year of his existing deal and would have been able to leave on a free at the end of the season.

However, the new contract will likely see the keeper remain at the club for the majority of the remainder of his career.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also expressed his happiness to see his number one pledge his future to the Red Devils.

“I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club,” he said. “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.”

“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.”

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