Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be staying at Old Trafford for the long haul after his sale to Real Madrid was blocked due to late paperwork submission from Man United.
The Spanish international has penned a new £200,000-per-week deal with Man United, and he is set to make his 2015-16 starting debut against Liverpool.
“It is a perfect moment to come back and at Old Trafford, with the fans and against Liverpool, one of the biggest games in the world. I know the fans will love it if we win the game,” de Gea said, according to the Daily Mail.
“Yes, of course I’m ready to play. I train really hard and I played with my national team and of course I feel ready and 100 percent fit.”
De Gea had initially wanted to transfer to Real Madrid, and the two teams expressed mutual interest in this sort of deal.
Man United were set to sell de Gea to Real Madrid for £29m and goalkeeper Keylor Navas in return, but a fax machine snafu prevented the deal from being reached before the deadline.
However, de Gea does not hold any hard feelings toward manager Louis van Gaal and has agreed to a four-year deal that includes an option for a 12-month extension.
It remains to be seen whether he can maintain his world-class form after being benched by van Gaal for transfer rumours being considered too much of a distraction.