David De Gea’s latest comments about his Manchester United career will have alerted Dean Henderson.
The Spaniard has committed his long-term future to the club, saying he wants to be playing for the Reds for many more years.
De Gea arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and looks set to stay at the club for well over a decade. He signed a new four-year-deal in September keeping him at the club until at least 2023.
“Yeah, I’m getting older!” he said on a recent United Hangout, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Just to be a part of this club is amazing. So imagine, 10 years, it’s like a dream. It’s great to play games with this club, so I hope I can be here more years, many years.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has two quality goalkeepers in his ranks but has a decision to make with Henderson.
The 23-year-old has been the best ‘keeper in the Premier League this season and is seen by most supporters as the long-term successor to De Gea in between the sticks at Old Trafford.
Henderson was pushing for a starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s England team for the European Championships and could have made the Three Lions number one shirt his own when the delayed tournament finally takes place next summer.
The best solution for Solskjaer next season appeared to be sending Henderson on another season-long loan at Sheffield United where he has been so impressive under Chris Wilder.
He could then return to the United squad year later and become the new number one.
But with De Gea keen on staying put and unlikely to be dropped, Henderson won’t settle for being Solskjaer’s understudy.
He is one of the most talented young goalkeepers and will have plenty of suitors across Europe if he does not feel he has a future at United.
Regardless, Solskjaer will be forced into making a ruthless decision in the near future and ultimately choose between the rising talent in Henderson and an ageing De Gea.