Updated: Monday, 18th February 2019 @ 10:37am

Signing of the summer: Man Utd score late again with new David De Gea deal

Signing of the summer: Man Utd score late again with new David De Gea deal

| By Andy Donley

David De Gea has completed a sensational turnaround by agreeing a new contract at Manchester United, despite being minutes from a move to Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

The Spaniard was said to be ‘distraught’ when his transfer to the Spanish capital shambolically fell through at the last hurdle, with United and Real both blaming each other for failing to submit paperwork before the Spanish deadline.

But officials have insisted that De Gea – United’s player of the season for the last two years – would be reintegrated back into the squad, and that would seemingly be the case, with the club confirming that the 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract on Friday lunchtime.

Speaking to the Manchester United club website, De Gea said: “I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my 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.”

United boss Louis van Gaal, also on the United website, expressed his delight at securing the services of ‘one of the best goalkeepers in the world’.

“I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract,” he said.

“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.

“David made a very important contribution to our performance last season and he has been the club’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons.

“He is a popular player who is keen to learn and enhance his game.

“At such a young age for a goalkeeper, he has many years ahead of him.”

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