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David de Gea leaves Manchester United after 12 years

“I just wanted to send this farewell message to all Manchester United supporters,” the 32-year-old posted on Instagram on Saturday.

• July 8, 2023
David de Gea
David de Gea [Photo: PlanetFootball]

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea has left Premier League side Manchester United following the expiration of his contract at the club after more than a decade stint with the Red Devils.

“I just wanted to send this farewell message to all Manchester United supporters,” the 32-year-old posted on Instagram on Saturday. “I would like to express my unwavering gratitude and appreciation for the love from the last 12 years.”

De Gea joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and made more than 500 appearances for the Red Devils, winning one Premier League title, two League Cup titles, Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Europa League.

“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 bestowed 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.”

Speaking on De Gea’s “messy” departure, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said: “To have won player of the year awards from fans + teammates, each on four occasions, shows the level of performance. He will be remembered as one of the very best goalkeepers in the history of the club. All the players + staff send our very best wishes.”

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