David De Gea will remain at Manchester United until 2020 after the Premier League club exercised their right to extend the goalkeeper’s contract.
The Spaniard signed a new four-year contract in September 2015, just days after a proposed move to Real Madrid was scuppered on transfer deadline day.
In the contract, United included the ability for them to add a further year to the goalkeeper’s deal to hold onto him until the end of the 2019-20 season.
There have been ongoing talks this season regarding a new long-term contract for the four-time Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, but with an agreement still yet to be found United have moved to secure the 28-year-old for a further 12 months.
While United’s decision to pick up their option was always expected to be a formality, De Gea would have been free to speak to foreign clubs regarding a potential summer 2019 transfer from as early as January 1 had the Red Devils not acted to confirm his stay for the extra year.