David de Gea was convinced to remain at Old Trafford thanks to the assurances he received from Ed Woodward and the backing he received from Norwegian manager.
Spain international had less than a year to run on his previous deal, but Red Devils announced that he had penned a new four-year contract, with the option for a fifth, that will keep him at Man United until at least 2023.
David is now believed to be the highest earner at Theatre of Dreams and will take home nearly £250,000-a-week after tax, also making him the world’s best-paid shot-stopper.
However, amid the lucrative terms on the table, De Gea was reluctant to put pen to paper until Woodward gave him assurances regarding the club’s ambitions and direction.
He underlined his desire to win silverware when the new deal was announced and made it clear in negotiations with the Red Devils bosses that he would only sign if he believed the club could start challenging for the Premier League title again.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper also felt a sense of obligation to coach Solskjaer to renew his contract, having been particularly thankful for the backing he received from the Norwegian boss both publically and privately after the errors he made last campaign against the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Speaking about his new contract, Spanish goalkeeper said: ‘It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the chance to continue my career at Man United is a genuine honour.‘