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After failed move to Real Madrid, David De Gea signs 4-year deal with Manchester United

FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo of  Manchester United's  goalkeeper David de Gea as he warms up before an International Champions Cup soccer match against Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago. Manchester United said Friday Sept. 11, 2015 that goalkeeper David De Gea has signed 4-year contract with the club.   (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo of Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea as he warms up before an International Champions Cup soccer match against Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago. Manchester United said Friday Sept. 11, 2015 that goalkeeper David De Gea has signed 4-year contract with the club. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)  (The Associated Press)

Manchester United says goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club, less than two weeks after a transfer to Real Madrid fell through.

The new deal ties the 24-year-old Spain international to Old Trafford until 2019, and marks the latest twist in a saga that dominated the offseason transfer market.

De Gea says he is "looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve."

United manager Louis van Gaal says De Gea is "one of the best goalkeepers in the world" and that "he made a very important contribution to our performance last season."

De Gea was a clear target for Real Madrid, but the paperwork was not completed in time for the transfer deadline.