Manchester United’s long-serving goalkeeper, David de Gea, has officially announced his departure from the club after a remarkable 12-year tenure. De Gea’s contract with Manchester United expired, and despite initial negotiations for a new deal, both parties have mutually agreed to part ways. With De Gea’s departure confirmed, Manchester United has already begun the search for his successor.
De Gea’s Farewell Message to United fans
In a heartfelt farewell message posted on his social media platforms, De Gea expressed his deep gratitude to the Manchester United supporters. He acknowledged the love and support he received during his time at the club and conveyed his unwavering appreciation. The Spanish shot-stopper thanked the fans, his teammates, and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson for their significant roles in his journey at Old Trafford.
Tribute from Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, paid tribute to De Gea, recognizing the goalkeeper’s outstanding achievements during his time at the club.
Ten Hag said via the club website ‘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.
Red Devil’s boss further added “To have won Player of the Year awards from both the fans and his team-mates, 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.”
United’s Search for a Replacement: Andre Onana Identified as Ideal Successor
Following De Gea’s departure, Manchester United has set their sights on securing a successor. Football director John Murtough is currently in talks with Inter Milan regarding the potential acquisition of Andre Onana. The 27-year-old Ajax goalkeeper has been identified as the club’s ideal replacement for De Gea. United is eager to finalize a deal with Onana and ensure a seamless transition in the goalkeeping position.
David de Gea’s departure marks the end of an era at Manchester United. Throughout his 12-year stint, De Gea showcased exceptional shot-stopping abilities and dedication. His contributions have left an indelible mark on the club’s history.