Dean Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, as the club prepare to have the English goalkeeper compete with David de Gea for a starting berth at Old Trafford.
Speculation has been rife surrounding the 22-year-old's future, after Henderson returned from another loan spell at Sheffield United at the end of last season. The deal is for five years, with the option of a further year.
It was previously speculated that he may be set for another loan spell away from Old Trafford, but it now appears as if the England Under-21 goalkeeper will provide direct competition for the under fire De Gea.
Henderson said of the new deal on the club's official website: “The pathway that I have been on for the past five years has been fantastic for my development and the invaluable loan period at Sheffield United has been part of that."
“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. 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.”
Comments from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the plan to have De Gea and Henderson compete for a starting berth in 2020/21, insisting the club were now in a 'strong position'.
“We are delighted that Dean has signed his new contract. He had another great season at Sheffield United, where he gained a lot of experience and grew both as a player and a person," he said. “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. Dean is another great example of the type of player who has come through the Academy and truly understands what it means to be at Manchester United.
“We are all looking forward to working with Dean and continuing to develop his talent.”