Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson wants to stay at the club despite links with the likes of Leeds United.
That’s according to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been discussing the future of the 23-year-old as the January transfer window moves closer.
Recent reports had claimed that Henderson is targeting a January loan move in order to get more game time to boost his chances of a call-up to the England squad for next summer’s European Championship.
It has been suggested that Leeds, Brighton and Bournemouth were all interested in a temporary move for Henderson, although it seems Solskjaer does not expect such a deal to materialise.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night, Solskjaer was asked about Henderson’s future, and whether his side’s Carabao Cup quarter final with Everton could be the only match the goalkeeper plays between now and the January transfer window.
Responding to those suggestions, Solskjaer was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: “Dean wants to stay at Manchester United and play for Manchester United.
“I can’t see the logic in him playing only one game before Christmas. Do you know how many games we’ve got?
“So I disagree completely that Tuesday could be make or break for Dean.”
Indeed, it seems Solskjaer believes Henderson is now benefitting from his time at Old Trafford, having spent the last few seasons out on loan, as he went on to add: “He has come back in, he is training really well, he is maturing.
“He is training with, for me, one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He has got potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
“It’s a great competition between them, so I don’t buy that argument that it is a make or break for him.”
So far this season, Henderson has made three appearances for United, all of which have come in the cup competitions, and was handed his England debut in their recent friendly win over the Republic of Ireland.
This does feel like it is still worth keeping an eye on.
If Henderson is to have the best possible chance of securing a place in England’s Euros squad, then you feel he has to be playing regularly between now and then.
You do still have to wonder whether that opportunity will come to him at Old Trafford despite what Solskjaer says, meaning he may still be inclined to push for a temporary move away from United come the January transfer window.
Given the ability Henderson possesses, you do feel as though he could be a useful addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side, although the performances of Illan Meslier mean there would likely still be plenty of competition for Henderson were he to make the move to Elland Road.