David De Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper, has announced his departure from Manchester United. With the news all over the media, fans are curious about where the ace will land.
After spending 12 seasons at Old Trafford, De Gea is leaving as a free agent. Despite talks held throughout the season, no new contract agreement was reached, and his contract expired at the end of June.
Taking to social media, De Gea expressed his gratitude and bid farewell to the Manchester United supporters, stating that the club will always hold a special place in his heart.
Reports suggest that United manager Erik ten Hag has been actively seeking a new goalkeeper in the current transfer window, with a potential deal for Inter Milan’s Andre Onana being close.
Why Did David de Gea Leave The Club?
It is believed that Manchester United did not offer De Gea the desired contract, leading him to make the decision to depart after a decade of being at Old Trafford.
Initially, there was a framework for a new contract that aimed to lower David De Gea’s weekly wage of £375,000.
Both the player and the club had agreed on this framework, but after he returned from holiday, the club did not proceed with the initial deal.
Erik Ten Hag had concerns about retaining De Gea as the team’s number one goalkeeper, which led to the deal being in danger.
In addition, United apparently opted to present him with a new contract at an even lower rate.
Throughout his time at Manchester United, De Gea made a remarkable 545 appearances, achieving 190 clean sheets.
Furthermore, he also won eight trophies during his tenure at Old Trafford, including the Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League.
Where Is David de Gea Going?
Despite his desire to continue competing at the highest level, David De Gea may face limited options for his future.
While he boasts impressive statistics, it is unlikely that any of the other top clubs in the English Premier League, commonly referred to as the “big six,” will sign him.
Reports suggest that there has been some interest from Spanish clubs such as Real Betis and Sevilla, but De Gea’s high salary could present a significant obstacle for teams in La Liga.
Additionally, clubs in the Saudi Pro League are closely monitoring the goalkeeper’s situation, indicating potential interest from that region.