De Gea's goalkeeper coach Alvarez leaves Manchester United

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The 47-year-old has worked closely with the Spain international for the past three seasons

David de Gea's goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez has left Manchester United, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 47-year-old has worked closely with De Gea for the past three seasons, remaining part of United's backroom staff following Jose Mourinho's exit last December.

Alvarez also mentored De Gea at Atletico Madrid earlier in his career before following the Spain international in making the switch to Old Trafford in 2016, but he has left the club three months on from Richard Hartis's arrival as senior goalkeeping coach.

"I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club," United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.  

"He is a good coach and we all wish him well for the future."

Alvarez's exit comes less than two weeks after De Gea, a rumoured long-term target for Real Madrid, penned a new deal at Old Trafford.

"I will always be proud of belonging to this club," Alvarez said. "Wishing you every success in your endeavours."

De Gea himself brought the uncertainty surrounding his position to a close last week by committing his future to United.

The Spaniard’s fresh terms at Old Trafford include the option for a further 12-month extension to take him through to the summer of 2024.

A prolonged stay for the 28-year-old in England had been mooted for some time, but no official word was given until last week's announcement.

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De Gea, who has been with the Red Devils since 2011, told the club’s official website: “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour.

“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.

“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here."

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