David de Gea reveals why he penned new four-year Man Utd contract
His previous deal was due to expire next summer, meaning foreign clubs could have tried to nab him on a free transfer in January.
But De Gea has committed his future to the Red Devils today, extending his stay until 2023 with an option of a further year.
The 28-year-old insists it is “a genuine honour” to pen a new United deal, insisting he still has more to achieve at the club.
“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” he said.
“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club.
“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.
“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here.
“I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.
“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”
De Gea has made 367 appearances for United since joining in a £19m switch from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
As a skinny youngster he initially struggled under Sir Alex Ferguson, but he has since developed into one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
In his time at Old Trafford, De Gea has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield.