Dean Henderson will only return to Manchester United and sign an improved contract if he his given assurances about being the number one next season, claims a report.
Henderson is currently on loan at Sheffield United and is set to stay with the Blades until the end of the season, but from then on is where his future looks tricky.
The Manchester Evening News claim the 23-year-old “has already been inundated with offers” with Chelsea and Tottenham believed to be among his admirers.
The report also claims United are prepared to offer the talented keeper a new and improved offer with his existing deal running until 2022 with the option of another 12 months.
Henderson though is thought to be reticent to sign the deal unless he is promised the top job for United next season and that will of course mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dropping David de Gea.
Apparently De Gea will have until the end of the season until a decision is made on his long-term future after his wobbles this term.
Solskjaer has always publicly supported De Gea, and he did that again in the aftermath of his mistake against Tottenham last week.
“I think we’re disappointed they scored the first time they had a chance,” Solskjaer said. “The boy hit it really well. The ball moves.”
However, now the Daily Telegraph says De Gea will be given until the end of the season to prove himself as Solskjaer’s first-choice goalkeeper. Then, and only then will the Norwegian make a decision on whether the on-loan Henderson will replace him.
Solskjaer has already insisted Henderson will become the United number one in time, but Henderson wants things to be speeded up, and De Gea’s latest clanger may well have helped his cause.
De Gea, who signed a new four-year deal last September, was at fault for Steven Bergwijn’s opener to put Tottenham ahead in United’s Friday night draw.