David de Gea has officially joined Manchester United after agreeing a five-year contract with the English champions.
Atlético Madrid and United announced the deal simultaneously on their official websites. The Premier League side are reported to have paid €20 million for our young Spanish goalkeeper.
De Gea passed a medical in Manchester this week and moves to England just a week after winning the European U21 Championships with Spain.
Talking to Manchester United’s in-house television station MUTV, De Gea said: “I feel very proud and I can’t wait to start playing here. When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you it obviously makes you very, very happy.
“It’s a great privilege to be part of a club like United and I’m keen to do my best and show what I can do.”
De Gea enjoyed 18 months as starting goalkeeper for Atleti. His departure is the first big-name exit from the Vicente Calderón this summer. It almost certainly won’t be the last, with Sergio Agüero stating his desire to leave and the future of Diego Forlán still up in the air.
De Gea will hold a farewell press conference today at the Vicente Calderón at 17:00.
We’re all depressed here at AtleticoFans. It was always looking likely but now it’s official. Will we see Atleti announce another signing to cushion the blow?