London, July 8 (BNA): Veteran goalkeeper David De Gea has announced that he is leaving Manchester United as a free agent after 12 seasons at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old’s contract with United expired at the end of June, and no new deal has been agreed despite talks all season, according to the Associated Press.
De Gea joined United from Atlético Madrid in 2011 and made 545 appearances for the Premier League club which included 190 clean sheets – both records for a goalkeeper.
In a message on social media on Saturday, De Gea thanked the United fans for their support but said: “Now, it’s time to take on a new challenge, to push myself again into new surroundings.”
On their website, United said “Thank you David” and called him a “record breaker”. It said De Gea had “received an array of awards and personal accolades to cement his place as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the club’s history.”
This followed reports that De Gea had signed a contract extension only for the club to withdraw that offer and return on reduced terms. United have been linked with a move for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
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