David de Gea has declared his intention to leave Manchester United this summer and stated that this is the ideal time for him to take on a new challenge. The custodian will depart the team 12 years after coming from Atletico Madrid in 2011 because he and the club were unable to come to agreement on a new deal to extend his tenure. For the transfer of Cameroon Andre Onana, United and Inter Milan are in talks.
David de Gea more than a legend for Red Devils
De Gea was a member of the United team that won the 2012–13 Premier League championship under Sir Alex Ferguson, making 545 appearances for the club, ranking seventh all-time. Along with the Europa League in 2017, he also won the FA Cup in 2016 and the Carabao Cup in 2017 with Manchester United and in 2023. It requires incredible quality and character to achieve the level of even playing one game for Manchester United according to manager Erik ten Hag, who made this statement in a club statement on Saturday immediately after De Gea’s announcement.
To do that 545 times over 12 years, especially in the goalkeeping position when every game puts you in the spotlight, is an incredible feat.. He will always be regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the club’s history because he received four player of the year accolades from both the fans and his colleagues, demonstrating the calibre of his performance.
De Gea also surpassed Peter Schmeichel’s record for United clean sheets last year, leaving Old Trafford with 190 shutouts overall in all competitions. De Gea was also honored by Bruno Fernandes, who sent the following message on Instagram: “You know what I think about you and how you will be missed. “You deserved to say farewell in front of the stadium’s roaring crowd in appreciation for all the wonderful memories. “You created history at the club, and people will always remember your name. You cannot lose that to anyone. “I wish you and your family nothing but the best for the future.”
Although De Gea and United spent several months negotiating a new deal, it is believed that no written terms have been presented to the custodian. Both parties have finally come to the conclusion that it is time to part ways after much deliberation. Ten Hag now needs a new No. 1 player, thus United is considering its possibilities and is in productive talks with Inter Milan about acquiring Andre Onana.
What next for David de Gea after Manchester United?
This summer, several well-known players, including Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, and Marcelo Brozovic, joined Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia. And the most likely destination for De Gea after leaving United is a Saudi Pro League club, according to the most recent odds from Betfair.
Major League Soccer is another of the front-runners at 3/1 for De Gea’s future residence. De Gea’s most likely next club is Bayern Munich, who are looking for a new custodian as Manuel Neuer continues to heal from a fractured leg. Valencia is the favorite to recruit De Gea in La Liga at, while Sevilla is also there.