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How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced David De Gea to stay at Man Utd

David De Gea signed a new four-year deal on Monday (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United star David De Gea signed a new deal at the club this week because he felt personally indebted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Metro.co.uk can reveal.

The Spaniard put pen-to-paper on a new four-year extension on Monday that makes him the highest paid goalkeeper in world football on £375,000-a-week.

Negotiations with De Geas representatives were exhaustive and started over a year ago. United were confident from the start that the former Atletico Madrid stopper wanted to stay at the Theatre of Dreams but felt he was unlikely to commit his future until the dust had settled following Jose Mourinhos departure.

De Gea questioned the clubs ability to compete for major honours and he was affected by the departure of close friend Ander Herrera, who joined Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer.

The Spaniard felt he deserved a salary that reflected his status as a now-senior member of the United squad and as a winner of the clubs Player of the Year award in four of the last six seasons.

De Gea made a number of high profile mistakes last term (Picture: Getty)
De Gea made a number of high profile mistakes last term (Picture: Getty)

However, De Geas performances dipped last season and he made uncharacteristic errors in matches against Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

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The high-profile nature of those mistakes cost De Gea his status as Spains undisputed number one and Metro.co.uk understands the goalkeeper questioned whether a change of club and scenery could improve his performances.

But Solskjaers support for De Gea was unwavering throughout. The Norwegian refused to blame De Gea for his mistake at the Camp Nou that gifted Lionel Messi a goal and stood by him when he fumbled Antonio Rudigers long-range strike that allowed Marcos Alonso to score in a winner-takes-all match in April.

De Gea is a shy and unassuming member of the United squad, so he was warmed by Solskjaers commitment to his wellbeing during a difficult period. The 46-year-old would speak to De Gea daily and is the first United boss in recent years to recognise the goalkeeper as one of the senior, leading players in his squad.

De Gea's deal includes the option of a further 12 months (Picture: Getty)
De Geas deal includes the option of a further 12 months (Picture: Getty)

De Gea had already decided to sign a new deal during the clubs pre-seaRead More – Source