How Solskjaer Reacted To De Gea’s Contract Extension

Manchester United's David de Gea looks dejected.

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David De Gea has officially penned a 4-year extension to his stay at Manchester United, with an option to initiate a further year at the end of the period.

The Spanish shotstopper, who has been impeccable for the Red Devils during his time at the club, announced the signing by posting a video to his Twitter.

In the same, he says that the rumors are to be ignored and reaffirmed that Old Trafford is his home.

Speaking about the contract extension, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated the following (via club’s official website): “I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club. Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs. David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence.

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Solskjaer goes on to reaffirm the impact that De Gea during his years at Old Trafford: “Over his time here, David has really understood the values of playing for Manchester United and now represents everything you want in a goalkeeper.

“As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.”

The player himself had this to say: “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. 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.”

There were strong rumors linking the shotstopper to other destinations over the summer. In fact, more recent murmurs had even indicated that he would snub United’s contract offers altogether and seek another club in January who he would join as a free agent next summer.