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David de Gea shares three-word hint about his future after leaving Manchester United



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David de Gea has provided a three-word update on his future after leaving Manchester United as a free agent 10 months ago.

David de Gea spent 12 years at Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson spent a then-record fee for a goalkeeper of £18.9 million, transferring from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford as a 21-year-old.

De Gea enjoyed success at the club, winning five trophies and three community shields during his period of success. However, following a drop in form and ability, Erik ten Hag ousted him, and he was replaced by André Onana in the summer of 2023.

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The former Spanish international departed Old Trafford as a free agent following the expiry of his contract and has not found himself a new club since.

The now 33-year-old, who will turn 34 in November, has had numerous reported offers from the Saudi Pro League, MLS teams, and some lower-level La Liga sides, but is apparently holding himself out to sign for a Champions League club.

Due to Nick Pope’s injury earlier this season, there were tenuous links with Newcastle. However, these were squashed once Martin Dubravka performed admirably for Eddie Howe’s men.

De Gea, on his Instagram account, has now provided a three-word update on his future in the form of a famous quote from the 1984 film, The Terminator.

Credit: Instagram / @d_degeaofficial

“I’ll be back,” the goalkeeper declared, accompanied by a photo of him seemingly training to keep himself sharp while he continues his absence from professional football. This seemingly hints that he will have a new club in the coming months after there were rumours that he may retire from football altogether.

Speaking in the summer, Ten Hag admired that he favoured André Onana over David de Gea as the Cameroon international had a “different profile” as a goalkeeper.

“He’s a great goalkeeper and has a different profile,” Ten Hag told the media once the deal had been completed. “That’s why we wanted to sign him. With him, something will change in our game.”

Onana started life poorly at United, with multiple mistakes leading to goals in the Champions League, where the club finished bottom of their group. However, 2024 has been much more fruitful for the goalkeeper, becoming one of United’s most consistent players across the calendar year so far.