De Gea, Manchester United Finalize New Contract

DeGeaIt was the most watched soap opera of the summer transfer season and if not for someone botching the sending of paperwork, David de Gea would be plying his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu.

On Friday, Manchester United and de Gea reached an agreement on a new four year contract that will keep the Spanish netminder at Old Trafford through 2019. The contract has an option to extend the deal for an additional year.

In a statement issued on ManU’s website, de Gea expressed his delight at starting what he called a new chapter in his Manchester 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,” said.

A player in that “difficult summer” was United manager Louis van Gaal, who decided to keep de Gea out of the Red Devils first four Premier League matches as well as the team’s Champions League playoff tie vs Club Brugge.

Said van Gaal of his keeper’s new contract, “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.”

The contract extension comes less than two weeks after Manchester United and Real Madrid appeared to have a deal that would see de Gea heading to the Spanish giants. But a mix up in paperwork, which led both clubs to point fingers at each other, kept the keeper in the Premier League.