On Saturday, David de Gea made an announcement that he will be leaving Manchester United after being with the club for 12 years. He mentioned that he feels it’s the right moment to take on a new challenge.
The Spanish goalkeeper, who has been playing for a long time, received criticism for making several noticeable mistakes towards the end of the season, despite winning the Premier League Golden Glove award for keeping the most clean sheets.
His contract with United ended in June, and despite ongoing discussions throughout the season, no new agreement was reached.
There have been reports connecting United to a potential transfer for Andre Onana, the goalkeeper from Inter Milan.
De Gea, who is 32 years old, expressed his gratitude to the fans of United on social media. However, he also mentioned that he believes it is the appropriate moment to embrace a fresh challenge and push himself in a different environment.
Manchester will forever hold a special place in my heart. The city has had a profound impact on who I am, and its influence will always remain with me.
United stated that they were still in discussions with De Gea, the Spanish international goalkeeper, after his contract expired last Friday.
After there were reports that De Gea had agreed to a contract extension, the club changed their mind and withdrew the offer. They then returned with a new offer that had reduced terms.
De Gea said, “I want to sincerely thank everyone for the incredible love and support I’ve received over the past 12 years.” Since Sir Alex Ferguson brought me to this club, we have accomplished a great deal.
Every time I put on this shirt, I felt an immense sense of pride. Leading the team and representing this institution, which is known as the biggest club in the world, was a privilege that only a few fortunate footballers were able to experience.
In a statement, United boss Erik ten Hag expressed his gratitude to De Gea for his contributions to the club.
He said that it requires exceptional quality and character to have the opportunity to play even a single game for Manchester United.
Doing it 545 times over the course of 12 years is truly remarkable, especially in the position of goalkeeper where every game brings intense scrutiny.
It’s really impressive that he has won player of the year awards four times from both the fans and his team-mates. This just goes to show how amazing his performance has been. He will definitely be remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the club’s history.