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Keeper De Gea confirms Old Trafford departure
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David de Gea will leave Manchester United this summer
David de Gea will leave Manchester United this summer

David de Gea has confirmed his departure from Manchester United after 12 seasons as the club's No1 goalkeeper.

In a statement on social media, he said: "I just wanted to send this farewell message to all Manchester United supporters.

"I would like to express my unwavering gratitude and appreciation for the love from the last 12 years. We’ve achieved a lot since my dear Sir Alex Ferguson brought me to this club. 

"I took incredible pride every time I pulled on this shirt, to lead the team, to represent this institution, the biggest club in the world was an honour only bestows upon a few lucky footballers. 

"It’s been an unforgettable and successful period since I came here. I didn’t think from leaving Madrid as a young boy we would achieve what we did together.

"Now, it’s the right time to undertake a new challenge, to push myself again in new surroundings. Manchester will always be in my heart, Manchester has shaped me and will never leave me."

De Gea, 32, departs having made the third-most Premier League appearances in the club's history, winning United's Player of the Year gong in three consecutive seasons between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

The 45-cap Spain international made 545 appearances for the Red Devils in total and claimed the Golden Glove award for the most Premier League clean sheets in his final campaign.

United boss Erik ten Hag added: "It takes great quality and character to reach the level of even playing one game for Manchester United. To do it 545 times over 12 years is a special achievement, particularly in the goalkeeping position where every game puts you in the spotlight.

"To have won Player of the Year awards from both the fans and his team-mates, each on four occasions, shows the level of his performance and he will always be remembered as one of the very best goalkeepers in the history of the club. 

"I am personally grateful for the 25 clean sheets he helped provide last season and his overall contribution on the pitch during my first year at the club. 

"All the players and staff send him our very best wishes for the next phase of his outstanding career."


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