Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has agreed his new six year contract worth up to £120,000-a-week.
The 23-year-old has been in training at Carrington ahead of his call-up to the England squad on Tuesday and United have taken the opportunity to accelerate talks over a new long-term deal.
They wanted to reward his progress after a stand-out season on loan at Sheffield United and tie him down to the club until June 2025 with the option for a further year.
Henderson 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.
HOW HENDERSON’S WAGES COMPARE TO OTHER GOALKEEPERS
Ederson – £65,000-a-week
Alisson – £90,000-a-week
David De Gea – £360,000-a-week
Sergio Romero – £70,000-a-week
Dean Henderson– £120,000-a-week
‘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.’
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like Henderson to compete with David de Gea for the No 1 position but has still to discuss fully what opportunities he can afford to give the young goalkeeper.
Henderson wants to continue his career momentum and play regularly, so question marks remain around spending this coming season competing with de Gea, who is on £360,000-a-week, even though they will have the rigours of Champions League football to contend with.
Long-standing deputy Sergio Romero also wants to play more regularly and is open to moving on amid interest from other Premier League sides.
Indeed, United’s embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeping department will drain on resources in terms of salaries.