The 24-year-old Spanish keeper has agreed terms on a new contract, with the club revealing on their official Twitter page that De Gea has signed a four-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2015
The news ostensibly brings to close the long-running transfer saga linking De Gea with a move to Real Madrid.
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For much of the summer it appeared as though the keeper would complete a move to the Spanish giants, but despite looking like he would transfer on deadline day, he ended up staying at Old Trafford following a final-minute mix up between the two clubs.
While the stopper could have completed a switch on a free transfer next summer, it appears as though he has undergone an unlikely change of heart.
However, could it have been that internal pressure has forced De Gea’s hand?
Despite Sergio Romero’s struggles against Swansea City, Louis van Gaal is understood to have intimated that he would have been happy to let De Gea rot in the reserves rather than install him back into his first team for the remainder of the season.
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It may be that De Gea’s desire to avoid this scenario has prompted him to sign a new deal. Indeed, should the keeper spend a year in United’s reserves, it may well jeopardise his chances of starting for Spain at next summer’s European Championships.
Has van Gaal played his hands to perfection and used the threat of non-activity—and thus of missing Euro 2016—to tie down De Gea and, it would seem, ensure United’s long-term future between the sticks?