David De Gea left Atletico Madrid for Manchester United in 2011 and has since made 545 appearances, the most by a goalkeeper in the club’s history. Last season, De Gea eclipsed Peter Schmeichel’s record for club clean sheets while also winning the Premier League Golden Glove.
After failing to reach an agreement on the conditions of a new contract, David De Gea left Manchester United.
After 12 years with the team, the Spanish goalkeeper departs Old Trafford as a free agent.
On social media, De Gea announced his departure with the remark: “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 bestowed upon a few lucky footballers.
“Now it’s the right time to undertake a new challenge, to push myself again in new surroundings.
“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.
“Manchester will always be in my heart. Manchester has shaped me and will never leave me. We’ve seen it all.”