Dean Henderson has outlined his targets after signing a new long-term contract with Manchester United – and he's not planning on spending too much time warming the bench.
Henderson has penned a deal to keep him at Old Trafford until June 2025, and he will compete with David de Gea for the No1 spot next season after impressing on loan at Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old was this week named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for next month's Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.
And he has warned teammates De Gea and Sergio Romero he is planning on playing "as many games as possible" as he targets a starting place for club and country.
“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," said Henderson.
"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.”
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De Gea came under increasing pressure towards the end of last season due to a series of a high-profile mistakes.
And he will have to up his game to hold onto the shirt, with Henderson having kept 13 clean sheets for Sheffield United last season – the same number as De Gea for the Red Devils.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of Henderson: "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."
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