Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea’s long playing tenure at the club has finally come to an end.

After weeks of indecision and a lack of clarity, David de Gea’s exit was confirmed by Manchester United at the weekend.

While this is a chance for Manchester United to move forward, it has only been right to pay respect to David de Gea and his service to the Red Devils over the past 12 years.

There have been numerous tributes from his former teammates, from Rio Ferdinand to Bruno Fernandes to Phil Jones.

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Sergio Romero pays tribute

One of the most poignant tributes to David de Gea came from his long-time number two, Sergio Romero.

Now playing for Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, Romero wrote a lengthy tribute to De Gea via Instagram, in which he wrote he ‘never thought’ Manchester United would let him go.

He also thanked him for the partnership and support he received from the Spaniard during his time at Old Trafford.

Dean Henderson message

There was another message from De Gea’s current Manchester United number two, Dean Henderson, who spent last season out on loan.

While Henderson has spent the last few years fighting to displace De Gea, he has respect for everything the Spaniard achieved.

He wrote on social media: “Good luck in your new adventure my friend. It was a pleasure to be your team mate. Legend.”

For a long time Henderson had looked set to become David de Gea’s successor, and there were plenty at United who would have liked to see the academy talent take the number one spot.

However, he now looks set for a move to Nottingham Forest, with BBC Sport reporting the Red Devils are focused on a move for Inter Milan’s Andre Onana.

Henderson has no intention of serving as a number two. Currently he is in pre-season at Carrington working under Erik ten Hag.

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