Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has signed a new one-year contract that will extend his stay at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022.
Grant joined as third choice goalkeeper on a free transfer after leaving Stoke in 2018 and has proven to be a valuable member of the training squad, even learning Spanish to converse with David de Gea and the now departed Sergio Romero.
“I was always very, very hopeful that I could extend my stay for another year and thankfully the club have allowed me to do that,” the 38-year-old told ManUtd.com.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of supporting the team, keeping myself going, as well as motivating others around me for another year.
“I think feeling valued and enjoying your role is huge, no matter what line of work you’re in, and I’m obviously fortunate that I’ve got the opportunity to do that at such a wonderful club. I’m really looking forward to another year with the lads.
“Whoever has the gloves, it’s up to the other guys to really push to make sure that, as a team, we’re able to get the best possible results. Whether it’s David, Dean or myself, we’ll all be pushing to play and excited and ready to support the one that is playing.”
United have already re-signed former academy goalkeeper Tom Heaton, now 35, this summer and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will still have to make a decision on whether David de Gea or Dean Henderson will be the full-time number one this coming season.
Neither stopper is likely to settle for another year sharing starting responsibilities but it will be an incredibly tough decision for Solskjaer to make. De Gea has given 10 years to the club and has been extremely loyal, while Henderson carries the romance factor of being home-grown.