Man United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson signs long-term contract

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed a new six-year contract with the club – and will go head-to-head with David de Gea next season for the number one jersey at Old Trafford.

The deal, confirmed on Wednesday, will see the 23-year old earning up to £120,000 a week – making him one of the best paid goalkeepers in world football.

Henderson, who has been named in the latest England squad, is not expected to go out on loan for another spell away from Old Trafford – despite up to seven Premier League teams being keen to borrow him – and will be allowed to battle for the ‘keepers’ spot with his Spanish team-mate.

“The goalkeeping department at United is excellent; there are three top-level goalkeepers who have achieved so much in the game and I look forward to working with the group,” Henderson said.

“The faith that the manager and the club have shown in me with this contract means a lot to me and will continue my progression as a goalkeeper.

“I’ll be giving everything to improve every day so that I can play as many games as possible for this great club. Now I am looking forward to joining up with the England squad and then preparing for the season ahead.”

Henderson spent the past two campaigns on loan at Sheffield United, helping the Blades to promotion to the Premier League in 2019, before an impressive debut top-flight campaign last season.

Calls for Henderson, who only signed his previous deal last summer, to challenge De Gea have grown after the Spaniard received criticism for a number of errors during the 2019-20 season.

“We are delighted that Dean has signed his new contract,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “He had another great season at Sheffield United, where he gained a lot of experience and grew both as a player and a person.

“Dean is a fantastic young ‘keeper with the attitude and work-rate to keep improving every day.

“We are in a strong position within the goalkeeping department and that gives us the competition for places that we are looking for in the squad.”

“It was nice to break the news first for this bumper deal for Dean Henderson that makes him one of the most well-paid goalkeepers in the Premier League on about £120,000-a-week. It’s a deal that Manchester United have done to keep him here for five years, plus the option of another year.


“The 23-year-old has come through the academy at Manchester United and spent a couple of seasons on loan at Sheffield United, playing almost 40 games for them last season. He’s come into the firing line at Old Trafford to be a competitor for David de Gea.

“Our information is that he won’t be allowed out on loan next season. United and the goalkeeper himself see his development being best at the club, going head-to-head with David de Gea.

“It’s really interesting and the club’s first big piece of transfer business this summer. It’s going to be a real gunfight for the number one spot. It’s a fantastic deal for him and a real show from United that they are putting their young talent first. Both Henderson and De Gea will be hoping to go to the European Championship next summer with their respective nations. His career at Manchester United now starts properly with no more loans for him.”

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