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EPL: De Gea confirms he is leaving Manchester United

Spanish goalkeeper, David de Gea has announced he is leaving Manchester United as a free agent after 12 years at Old Trafford.

The 32-year-old long-serving goalkeeper was out of contract at the end of the season and while there were talks of an extension with the Premier League club, negotiations stalled as the Red Devils opted to buy Inter Milan’s André Onana as their new first-choice goalkeeper.

David de Gea

Confirming he is leaving Manchester United, De Gea wrote;

“I just wanted to send this farewell message to all Manchester United supporters. I would like to express my unwavering gratitude and appreciation for the love from the last 12 years. We’ve achieved a lot since my dear Sir Alex Ferguson brought me to this club.

“I took incredible pride every time I pulled on this shirt, to lead the team, to represent this institution, the biggest club in the world was an honour only bestowed upon a few lucky footballers.

“It’s been an unforgettable and successful period since I came here. I didn’t think from leaving Madrid as a young boy we would achieve what we did together.

“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.”

David de Gea

In a club statement released on Saturday shortly after De Gea’s announcement, manager Erik ten Hag said;

“It takes great quality and character to reach the level of even playing one game for Manchester United.

“To do it 545 times over 12 years is a special achievement, particularly in the goalkeeping position where every game puts you in the spotlight. To have won player of the year awards from both the fans and his teammates, each on four occasions, shows the level of his performance and he will always be remembered as one of the very best goalkeepers in the history of the club.

“I am personally grateful for the 25 clean sheets he helped provide last season and his overall contribution on the pitch during my first year at the club.

“All the players and staff send him our very best wishes for the next phase of his outstanding career.”

De Gea made 545 appearances for United, seventh on the club’s all-time list, and was part of the team that won the 2012-13 Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson. He also won the FA Cup in 2016, the Carabao Cup in 2017 and 2023 as well as the Europa League in 2017.

He is a four-time United player of the year winner and claimed the Premier League Golden Glove for a second time last season as he kept 17 clean sheets.

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