As the red side of Manchester rejoices, it is clear that there has been one winner in the David de Gea saga; United. After a battle of wills between Real Madrid that lasted the entire summer, the Old Trafford club has emerged victorious.
While it remains to be seen if De Gea remains at the club until he is 28, his staying put represents a significant success for the United board. Any future transfer would surely see the world-record fee for a goalkeeper being smashed.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will be ruing his tactics that have caused Los Blancos to miss out on their number one transfer target. It is a major embarrassment to him personally to let the player slip through his fingers when a move seemed inevitable.
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There is still a chance that De Gea could do what Cristiano Ronaldo did, namely sign a lucrative contract with the Reds in 2008, only to leave the following year for a world-record £80 million fee.
However it seems unlikely that Madrid will return for De Gea so soon. Given the bad relations between the two clubs at the present time, any potential deal would likely see the Spanish side vastly overpaying to attain their man. All of which would bring further ridicule on the club and it´s president.
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It is understood that De Gea accepts that United were not culpable for the collapse of his move to Madrid. This being so, it is unclear how he would respond if they did come back next summer.
Since news of De Gea´s signing and subsequent declaration that he was `delighted to be starting this new chapter´ of his United career, Madrid fans have taken to the internet to level abuse at the player. It is doubtful that they would react favourably to any future pursuit of the ex-Athletico Madrid man by their club.
De Gea has often expressed his affection for Manchester United and their supporters and did so once again in a statement released following his contract renewal.
If we take his words at face-value then there is every chance he might remain at the club for the duration of his contract. Although it is worth noting that he said that he saw the club as a place to `continue to develop´ his career. Perhaps a hint that still sees a move back to his homeland happening at a later stage of his career.
Should he see out his contract, De Gea would only be 28, and entering the peak years of a goal-keepers career. By that time there could well be a new president in place at Madrid, and enough time passed for people to forgive and forget.
United fans will welcome their star man back with open arms. Should he regain his position between the sticks for the upcoming Liverpool game, he is likely to be greeted like a returning hero.
Whatever the future holds for De Gea, United stand to benefit the most.
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