Tuesday 24 April 2018

United tie De Gea to £200k-a-week deal but Madrid move not dead in the water

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

David De Gea signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United today, just 10 days after his failed move to Real Madrid, but this doesn't mean that his move to the Bernabeu is off.

Merely that should he move there, it will be for a bigger fee than was agreed this summer.

De Gea's new United contract reportedly includes a €50m (£36m) release clause, meaning that the 'keeper can still compete the move at the end of the season, but for a higher fee than the £29m previously agreed.

The announcement of the deal completes a remarkable turn of events after the Spain goalkeeper was on the brink of joining Real Madrid last week before the transfer collapsed on deadline day in Spain.

De Gea had intimated that he was willing to move to the Spanish capital, where his pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia lives, but carried on training at United in a professional manner.

In July senior sources at Old Trafford said they had given up hope of persuading De Gea to sign a long-term contract - which had been on the table since last season.

Read more: Dramatic U-turn for Man United as David De Gea pens new four-year deal

And last week it seemed almost certain the player would leave United for the Bernabeu.

The two clubs agreed a deal worth £29million for the player on deadline day.

But that deal collapsed when the relevant paperwork was not submitted before the 11pm deadline and the goalkeeper has now decided to sign a new contract.

Manager Louis van Gaal had kept De Gea out of his starting line-up for the first six matches of the season because he felt the Spaniard was not able to focus properly owing to Madrid's interest in him, but it is expected that he will return to the United starting XI for the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.

There are many of will argue that De Gea will still end up a Madrid player next season, but United stand to gain much more financially than if the deal had been concluded before the recent transfer deadline.

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