Regardless of what happens at Manchester United, David De Gea will surely be remembered as one of the club’s legends. By signing a new contract until 2023 and potentially 2024, if De Gea sees out his contract, the Spanish goalkeeper will have been at the club for a whopping 13 years. He will no doubt enter United folklore.
De Gea joined under the Ferguson era, winning everything except a Champions League trophy at Old Trafford. In a period of rebuild where things have been tough for Manchester United, the stopper almost left, but for a transfer deadline day fax machine delay preventing him from moving to Real Madrid.
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Since then, he has been linked with the Spanish club every single season but that quieted down two summers ago when they signed Chelsea’s Courtois instead. De Gea could have left for nothing next summer and played wherever he wanted but he chose to stay and sign a lucrative contract which now makes him the best paid goalkeeper in the World.
Aside from a few months when he joined and the end of last season, when, let’s face it, the whole team was under-performing, De Gea has had a stellar career at United so far, winning a record four Player of the Year awards. His fantastic saves have won United games an innumerable number of times.
This is a win-win situation.
From United’s perspective, a fan favorite and outstanding performer commits to the club for the long term and as for the player himself, he will become a part of United history as their longest serving goalkeeper and once of their longest serving players, not to mention the absurd pay package he has sealed for the next six years.
With his quality and professionalism, De Gea will definitely be able to play until 2023 when he turns 34 and since goalkeepers have more longevity than outfield players, I would not be surprised if he plays until he is 40.
Moreover, De Gea is only behind Ashley Young for the United captaincy. Given the Englishman is 34 and a squad player, it’s only a matter of time until De Gea becomes a full-fledged captain. In fact, when Luke Shaw is back and replaces Young, I expect De Gea to play as captain in all games, especially now that he has shown Ole his commitment to the club. Had he moved to another club, he would just have been another player in the squad.
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De Gea might not have come out of United’s academy but given how young and raw he was when joining from Atletico, if he stays at the club until he is 40 or even 34, he will have guarded the goals at Old Trafford for 14 to 20 years and will be considered as one of the greats alongside Giggsy and Scholesy.
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