David de Gea has left Manchester United following his contract expiration
David de Gea’s departure from Manchester United has been officially confirmed by the club. The 32-year-old goalkeeper’s contract with United expired in June, and despite months of negotiations, an agreement could not be reached to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Manchester United views De Gea’s exit as an opportunity to evolve the squad, and they are exploring several options to fill the number one spot under manager Erik ten Hag. Among the potential candidates are Inter Milan’s Andre Onana. Negotiations between Manchester United and Inter for Onana are ongoing, but a deal has not yet been finalised.
De Gea, who joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, took to social media on Saturday to announce his departure, bidding farewell to the club’s fans and expressing his gratitude for their support over the past 12 years. He highlighted the achievements and success the team had during his tenure and acknowledged the impact Manchester had on him.
In his statement, De Gea said, “Now, it’s the right time to undertake a new challenge, to push myself again in new surroundings. Manchester will always be in my heart, Manchester has shaped me and will never leave me. We’ve seen it all.”
Having made 545 appearances for Manchester United, De Gea leaves behind a legacy that includes 190 clean sheets and eight trophies, including the Premier League, Europa League, and FA Cup.
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, issued a statement on the club’s website, commending De Gea’s exceptional career at United and conveying his well wishes for the future. Ten Hag praised De Gea’s remarkable performance, his numerous Player of the Year awards, and his impact on the team during his first year as manager.
As David de Gea departs Manchester United, the club now faces the task of finding a suitable replacement for their long standing goalkeeper. Fans will eagerly await news of the team’s plans for the upcoming season and the continued evolution of the squad under Erik ten Hag’s guidance.