David De Gea has finally ended the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new 4-year contract worth a reported £375,000 per week, making him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. The Spaniard’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of this season and fans were worried this would have resulted in the four-time United player of the year leaving on a free next summer.
Whilst Spanish Dave’s form last season was far from impressive (only seven Premier League clean sheets), there can be little doubt that he is a world class goalkeeper and time and time again he has almost single-handedly saved United – away at Arsenal in December 2017 to name but one.
Where it Began.
De Gea joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid in 2011 (interestingly the same transfer window we also signed Ashley Young and Phil Jones) for a then British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, £19 million. The 20-year-old initially struggled to cope with the physicality of the Premier League, and many were worried he’d be just another Massimo Taibi rather than a proper replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar who had retired that same summer. Thankfully for the Old Trafford faithful, the Spaniard came good and has regularly found himself being used in arguments as to who the best keeper in the world is, especially during those years of constant Neuer vs De Gea debate.
The upturn in class and the consistently brilliant and mind-boggling saves began attracting the attention of Real Madrid and the United number 1 came very close to joining them in 2015, however the deal fell through because the relevant paperwork wasn’t submitted in time (possibly due to a faulty fax machine, possibly not. Who can say?). Fortunately, De Gea went on to do a complete U-turn and signed a four-year contract extension instead. Which brings us to his newly signed contract.
The Next Steps.
After announcing the new deal, De Gea affirmed his love for the club and that he wants to help it get back to where it belongs.
“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”
Every United fan will be hoping that now his future is settled and the uncertainty and rumours will stop, that he can rediscover the form that helped win him his first and only Premier League Golden Glove in 2017/18, and with a defence in front of him that isn’t made up of out-of-position wingers and professional physio patients, that is entirely possible.