De Gea signs new Man Utd deal in U-turn after Real move flops

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea signed a new four-year contract with the Old Trafford club on Friday just a week after coming withing minutes of joining Real Madrid.

The announcement caps a remarkable turn of events after the Spain international was on the verge of joining the Spanish giants last week before the transfer collapsed because of paperwork arriving post the permitted deadline.

United said in a statement released on the club’s official Twitter account: “David de Gea has signed a new four-year contract at #mufc with an option to extend for a further year.”

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Man United tardiness scuppers Madrid move for De Gea

Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid was halted on Monday night as the documentation needed to formalise the transfer from Manchester United wasn’t completed in time according to reports.

Madrid seemed set to conclude the long-running transfer saga with a deal that would see the Spanish giants pay up to 25 million euros ($28 million, £18.2 million) and send Costa Rican international ‘keeper Keylor Navas to United as part of the deal.

However, Spanish media reported that United failed to send the completed documentation before the Spanish transfer deadline at midnight on Monday night.

De Gea hadn’t featured in any of United’s six games so far this season with manager Louis van Gaal claiming the 24-year-old wasn’t focused at the English giants due to Madrid’s interest.

The 10-time European champions were in the market for a goalkeeper after Spain captain Iker Casillas ended his 25-year association with the club by moving to Porto in July.

De Gea joined United from Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 and despite a shaky start went on to shine, winning the club’s fans’ and players’ player of the year awards for the past two seasons.

However, he refused to sign a new deal with United due to his desire to return back to Spain with Real.

A standoff between the two clubs ensued with United also expressing their interest in Real captain Sergio Ramos over the summer before he ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Los Blancos.

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Van Gaal hopeful De Gea will stay at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes goalkeeper David de Gea may yet play for the club again despite being dropped for their opening-day Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Spain international De Gea was not included in United’s squad for Saturday’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford and watched from the directors’ box after Van Gaal decided he was not sufficiently focused amid ongoing speculation about a transfer to Real Madrid.

Van Gaal instead put his faith in Sergio Romero, who joined United on a free transfer in the close season after his release from Sampdoria, and he made a number of vital saves on his debut as United kept a clean sheet.

However, Van Gaal dismissed suggestions that De Gea had played his last game for the club and revealed that the 24-year-old had agreed that he was not in the right frame of mind to feature against Spurs.

“Can he (De Gea) play for United again? Of course,” said the Dutchman. “The position of the goalkeeper is a position especially that you needed the highest concentration and the highest focus during 90 minutes.

“And when you are in circumstances where David de Gea is, it is difficult to cope with that. And we have seen that.

“We have observed in the preparation, in the matches against PSG and Barcelona. And that was not the David de Gea — and he felt the same — as last year.”

Van Gaal hinted that he may not pick De Gea until the transfer window closes at the start of next month and praised Argentina international Romero for his impressive debut performance.

“Of course when the situation has been cleared after September 1 we will look again,” Van Gaal said. “But I’m happy Sergio did well.

“Sergio saved us twice, so that’s also good. Sergio trained only two days with his fellow players and you always train with the group who will play to intensify the cooperation between players.

“So it was logical that his understanding was not so good. But the important thing is he stops the balls and he did that.”

– Spurs ‘finished fresh’ –

United handed debuts to five of their close-season signings, but the overall performance against Tottenham was unconvincing and they required an own goal from Kyle Walker to secure victory.

In addition to Romero, forward Memphis Depay, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and right-back Matteo Darmian all started, while German midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench.

And it was the adventurous display of Italian full-back Darmian that drew the most praise from Van Gaal.

“When I have to pick up one player, I think Matteo was the best player,” he said. “Because he played in ball possession very good with not too many ball failure passes.

“But the most important thing is that we have won because there was a lot of pressure on the match, because our start last year was very bad.”

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino felt his side were unfortunate not to come away from the game with something to show for their performance.

“I think we created more chances and deserved more than to lose 1-0,” he said.

“I was not surprised by our dominance because as always we try to dominate the game. This is our style and our philosophy.

“Manchester United, at Old Trafford, after 94 minutes had maybe one shot on target. Some days in football you need to be lucky. It was difficult for us because we created chances and were unlucky not to score.

“We finished the game fresh. If you see the game, some players from Manchester United (had) cramps. But football is about the score.”

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Manchester United keen on keeping De Gea

Manchester United are determined to hold onto David de Gea, despite having agreed an 18-month contract with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The club are set to announce that the 32-year-old has signed on at Old Trafford as understudy to De Gea, having been convinced that the former Barcelona goalkeeper – who has not played since sustaining a serious knee injury nine months ago – is not a long-term medical risk.

But though the decision to sign the Catalonian until 2017 will create doubts about De Gea, who has only 18 months left on his contract, the prospects of Real Madrid bringing the 24-year-old back to Spain this summer are not thought to be substantial. Valdes is considered as a goalkeeper who can provide the kind of genuine competition for De Gea which current No 2 Anders Lindegaard is not offering.

United manager Louis van Gaal has does not consider Lindegaard to be good enough and United had anticipated since the autumn that he would leave Old Trafford this month.


Rodgers laments ‘top-class’ De Gea display

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had high praise for David de Gea after the Spanish goalkeeper played a pivotal role in Manchester United’s 3-0 Premier League win over Rodgers’s side on Sunday.

Goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie secured a sixth consecutive win for United, but it was De Gea who took the plaudits at Old Trafford after a string of spectacular saves.

Defeat left Liverpool 10 points below United and seven points off the Champions League places, and Rodgers felt his team might have taken something from the game had it not been for De Gea’s razor-sharp reflexes.

“We created so many chances today and David De Gea was man of the match. He’s had four or five games like that this season,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

“David’s a top-class goalkeeper and his ability to make saves is outstanding, but his distribution is also excellent. He knows when to go short and when to go long.”

Defeat completed a bleak week for Liverpool, who were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Basel on Tuesday, but Rodgers was encouraged by the number of chances his players had created.

“Today we created opportunities, which we haven’t been doing,” added the Northern Irishman, who lost defender Glen Johnson to a groin injury mid-way through the first half.

“I’ll keep searching for the solutions. It’s been difficult this year, but that’s the way it works. It’s clear we haven’t scored or created enough goals.”

United managed Louis van Gaal, whose side closed to within eight points of leaders Chelsea, conceded that De Gea’s brilliance had helped conceal the hosts’ shortcomings.

“I’m proud we have a clean sheet, but that is also because David de Gea has superb reactions,” he told the BBC.

“We gave unnecessary balls away today. That’s not good. I will ask the players tomorrow why.

“I’m very happy, but the next match at Aston Villa is important. We have had difficulty in away matches.”

Van Gaal revealed that Marcos Rojo had sustained an injury in training, which meant that midfielder Michael Carrick was redeployed in central defence alongside Jonny Evans and the fit-again Phil Jones.

De Gea’s display also earned praise from United goal-scorer Van Persie, who said: “David was outstanding. He was brilliant — it’s not often a team wins 3-0 and the goalkeeper is man of the match.”

Mata’s 40th-minute goal left a bone of contention for Liverpool to gnaw on as he appeared to have been offside when he scored after Van Persie applied a faint touch to Ashley Young’s in-swinging cross.

Van Persie confirmed that the goal should have not have stood, saying: “I have to be honest, I had a touch on that cross. But you can put that down as an assist!”

De Gea stars as Man United deepen Liverpool gloom

Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie scored as Manchester United rubbed salt into Liverpool’s wounds with a crushing 3-0 home victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Rooney and Mata both found the net before half-time, the latter apparently from an offside position, before van Persie added a third to avenge United’s loss to Liverpool by the same scoreline at Old Trafford in March.

Victory, United’s sixth in a row, allowed Louis van Gaal’s side to move back to within eight points of leaders Chelsea and five of champions Manchester City, fuelling hopes of a slow-burning title push.

United’s fans finished the game by chanting “You’re getting sacked in the morning!” at Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers, whose side limped out of the Champions League in mid-week and now trail United by 10 points.

But Liverpool might have emerged from the game with more credit had it not been for a stunning display by United goalkeeper David de Gea, who denied Raheem Sterling and substitute Mario Balotelli three times each.

Rodgers had reacted to the poor form of his own goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, by dropping him in favour of Brad Jones, and the Australian’s presence on the pitch at kick-off was not the only novelty.

Both teams lined up with three-man defences, with midfielder Michael Carrick marshalling United’s back line and Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson playing in a narrower role than usual.

De Gea was presented with United’s player of the month award prior to kick-off and he demonstrated his value to van Gaal in the 12th minute by sliding out to thwart Sterling from Adam Lallana’s incisive pass.

Within a minute, United were ahead. Antonio Valencia left Joe Allen chasing shadows with a cute nutmeg on the right flank before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Rooney to sweep home from 15 yards.

With Rickie Lambert named on the bench alongside the fit-again Balotelli, it was left to Sterling to give Liverpool a cutting edge.

– Johnson forced off –

The England forward, who turned 20 this week, teed up Steven Gerrard for a low shot that De Gea saved comfortably and then left Phil Jones for dead inside the United box, only for the Spaniard to deny him at the near post.

Just as in their 2-1 win at Southampton last Monday, United had gone ahead against the run of play, and Liverpool’s cause was not helped when Johnson went off holding his groin in the 25th minute. Kolo Toure replaced him.

There was more woe to come as United inflated their lead five minutes before half-time with a goal that carried more than a hint of injustice.

Van Persie’s head made only fleeting contact with Ashley Young’s left-wing cross, but it meant that Mata, who followed in to head home at the back post, was offside. Unfortunately for Liverpool, the officials missed it.

Liverpool sent on Balotelli for Lallana at half-time, but the visitors continued to misfire in the United box.

Jordan Henderson headed over from a Sterling cross and when Jonny Evans’s careless square pass gave Sterling a free run on goal, a heavy touch took him wide and De Gea sped out to dismay him again.

Seconds later Van Persie gave Rooney a sight of goal at the other end, only for the captain to shoot tamely at Jones, while the Dutchman then prodded wide from Valencia’s drilled cross.

De Gea superbly palmed a close-range shot from Balotelli onto the crossbar to leave Rodgers ruing his luck again and in the 71st minute it was all over.

Dejan Lovren did not get enough purchase on his attempt to clear Rooney’s low cross and Mata teed up van Persie to brush home his fourth goal in four games.

Still De Gea stood firm, saving twice from Balotelli in the latter stages, while Jones tipped a shot from van Persie over the bar.

De gea set to be the richest goalkeeper

David De Gea could become the richest goalkeeper in history if he accepts a bumper new contract being offered to him at Manchester United, according to reports.

The Spaniard has been one of United’s stand-out performers this season and has reportedly attracted attention from Real Madrid, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

But Louis van Gaal is determined to keep De Gea at Old Trafford and according to the Sun, the club are set to offer him a new five-year deal, worth a mammoth £36m an equivalent of sh 51 Million per month.

The 24-year-old will pocket £140,000-a-week, more than double his current salary.

It would also see him earn more than Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who is also believed to be in line for a new contract at the Etihad.


De Gea and Di Maria set to play against Arsenal

Angel Di Maria and David de Gea are both set to face Arsenal this Saturday according to their manager Louis Van Gaal.

Di Maria had issues concerning his fitness after limping off while playing against Portugal during the international break.

David de Gea had dislocated his finger on the right hand while on a match with Spain.

Man United coach Van Gaal will however continue monitoring his squad as Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Falcao and Johnny Evans are out with injuries but are hoping to be back in time for the match at Emirates

Blind suffered a medial ligament tear during Netherlands’ win over Latvia, with the Dutch FA originally forecasting a six-week absence but is being monitored.

Luke Shaw’s extent of  injury will be known once his  brace  is removed within the next 10 days.

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De gea could be out for a month

David De Gea could face at least a month out of action after dislocating a finger during training with the Spanish national side.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was having the injury assessed by Spain’s team doctor on Friday night before deciding when he should return to Old Trafford.

De Gea who has been in brilliant form for United this season was trying to save a low shot from Paco Alcacer when the little finger on his right hand jammed during a session preparing for Saturday’s friendly against Belarus in Huelva.

He could also be  away from next weekends game against United.

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“I’m happy at Manchester United” says De gea

After being linked to a move to Real Madrid, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insists he is happy at Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old, who moved from Atletico Madrid to United in a £17.8million deal in 2011, has been tipped to replace Real and Spain keeper Iker Casillas for club and country.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was quick to dispel talk of a move, claiming they are happy with the keepers they have, but there is a clamour among supporters and board members to bring in De Gea, who has two years left on his United contract.

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