Dean Henderson says he’ll continue cheering for Manchester United despite parting ways with the team during the summer transfer season.
The 26-year-old keeper has inked a five-year agreement with Crystal Palace, bringing his 12-year affiliation with Manchester United to a close.
The contract is reportedly valued at £20 million, with additional bonuses, and secures his stay at Selhurst Park through 2028.
Henderson, who spent the prior campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest, had anticipated a permanent move to the Championship side.
However, Forest’s recruitment of Matt Turner altered the course of events. With the Red Devils finalizing a £4.3 million arrangement for Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce, Henderson seized the opportunity to be a starter at another club.
“I love the club and I’ll keep supporting them. I’ve just had a little boy myself and he’ll be a Red. Thanks for everything and I wish you all the best for the future,” Henderson said in an interview with MUTV.
Wearing the Manchester United jersey had been a long-standing aspiration for Henderson. He mentioned his joy at having played at Old Trafford in various competitions, such as European leagues, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and especially the Premier League.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.
Henderson has been vocal about his disappointment, but stresses that his assertiveness is a reflection of his career goals.
“Now is the right time for me to hopefully maximise my potential,” he shared. Henderson views his new chapter with Crystal Palace as an opportunity to live up to his full potential.