Ralf Rangnick blocks Man Utd star’s request to leave in January

Dean Henderson is frustrated at playing second fiddle to David de Gea (Picture: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has turned down Dean Henderson’s request to leave Manchester United in January.

The England international signed a new long-term contract in August when he appeared on the verge of overtaking David de Gea as the club’s undisputed No.1.

De Gea’s standards had dipped dramatically during the closing stages of the previous season, but he has returned to somewhere near his best form in recent months and has arguably been United’s best player this term.

While the Spaniard’s renaissance has represented one of the few encouraging aspects of a chaotic campaign, Henderson has been left frustrated by the bit-part role he has been forced to accept.

David de Gea has been in superb form for Man Utd this season (Picture: Getty)

Henderson excelled during two loan spells at Sheffield United earlier in his career and had hoped he would be granted permission to leave on a temporary basis again to aid his England chances ahead of November’s World Cup.

Despite having the experienced Tom Heaton on their books, according to the MEN, Rangnick is unwilling to sanction Henderson’s request.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Tottenham recently and the north London club will continue to monitor his situation with Hugo Lloris yet to sign an exntension to a contract which expires in the summer.

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Rangnick is, however, will to sanction Anthony Martial’s departure with a move to Sevilla likely to happen, despite United knocking back their initial approach.

Speaking about the France international’s future last week, he said: ‘We spoke at length. He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.

‘I think in a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts, but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club.

‘We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and we want to be as successful as we can be.

‘I told him ‘listen, as long as there is no club showing interest in him [he will stay]’ and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.

‘As far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and, as long as this is the case, he will stay.’

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