What Chelsea were told about Dean Henderson as Man Utd star signs bumper new contract

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed a bumper contract extension. The rising star’s future has been the subject of speculation after a brilliant maiden campaign in the Premier League while on loan at Sheffield United.

Henderson has put pen to paper on a five-year deal, with the option of a further season, worth in excess of £100,000-a-week.

He said: “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.”

Henderson is determined to become the No 1 at Old Trafford but David De Gea is currently in possession of the shirt.

De Gea’s questionable form compared to the 23-year-old’s fine displays for the Blades has resulted in a conversation about who should start between the sticks next term.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Henderson to become the club’s long-term choice but publicly threw his weight behind the Spaniard in the closing weeks of the previous season. 

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Henderson will be given the chance to challenge De Gea, however, and Solskjaer said: “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.

“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.”

The new deal was a pressing issue for club chiefs due to Henderson’s previous deal expiring in 2022 while Chelsea were looking to lure him to Stamford Bridge. 

Frank Lampard wants a new goalkeeper after being left less than impressed by club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

While Solskjaer is currently unable to guarantee Henderson the first-team spot, Lampard was prepared to make him a regular.

But Football Insider claim United sent Chelsea a blunt message that they would not sell Henderson to a top-four rival.

A third campaign for Henderson on loan at Bramall Lane was off the cards after the Blades spent £18.5m on Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth.

He conceded only 78 goals in 86 appearances, keeping 35 clean sheets, in two seasons with the club.

Henderson will be hoping to start in goal when United kick off their 2020/21 Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on August 19. 

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