KEY POINTS

  • Dean Henderson's request for a transfer has been declined by Ralf Rangnick
  • Henderson had hoped to challenge David de Gea for his spot this season
  • Tottenham and Newcastle are closely monitoring Henderson's situation

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick wants backup goalkeeper Dean Henderson around at Old Trafford, revealing that he had declined Henderson’s request for a transfer out of the club.

The 62-year-old German tactician confirmed the development in a recent interview with talkSPORT after pulling off a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, January 10.

“A couple of weeks ago he [Dean Henderson] asked me [if he could leave] but I told him I’d rather have him stay until the end of the season. We are very happy with our goalkeepers but if it’s up to me I wouldn’t want him to leave,” Rangnick disclosed.

Henderson has been garnering interest from teams across the English Premier League due to his potential and capabilities as a plug-and-play goalkeeper, with Newcastle United being the most interested team to acquire him, per a tweet from talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.

Crook disclosed Henderson’s frustrations with his lack of significant playing time, with mainstay shot-stopper David de Gea being the favored one among the two.

In October, former Red Devils backup keeper Mark Bosnich also implored Henderson to leave the club in search of opportunities elsewhere since it has become clear that Manchester United will be sticking to their longtime keeper.

Henderson is under contract with Manchester United until 2025.

With only two appearances for his side this season, Henderson’s transfer request makes sense for a player who wants to prove that he can challenge for the England national team’s goalie spot currently held by Jordan Pickford of Everton.

The Manchester Evening News also cites the Tottenham Hotspurs as a team that is closely monitoring Henderson’s situation with Manchester United as 35-year-old Hugo Lloris has six months left on his current contract.

Rangnick also disclosed his plans during the current transfer window back in December with an emphasis on acquiring players who help raise their floor talent in order to better compete for a Premier League title this season.

Manchester United will again face Aston Villa on Saturday, January 15 in a Premier League match as they hope to regain momentum after losing to the Wolverhampton Wanderers last January 3.