Man Utd tie 21-year-old goalkeeper down to long-term deal

Will Ford

Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop has signed a new deal until 2023, with the option of a further year.

The 21-year-old shot-stopper made 39 first-team appearances for Southend before completing a surprise switch to Old Trafford last January.

Bishop has yet to make his first-team debut but has signed extended terms, with United saying he “will shortly head out on loan to further enhance his experience”.

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The PA news agency understands talks have been held with a couple of clubs at League One level over a possible January switch.

“It’s an amazing club and I’m delighted to be here, and to extend my stay even longer is just incredible,” Bishop said.

“The feeling I had the first day I walked through the door hasn’t changed. Driving down the lane at the training ground and coming in the door – it’s the same feeling every day, I’m just delighted to be here.

“It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s unbelievable to be around the players here. It’s a year since I joined and it literally feels the same.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old defender Luca Ercolani has returned to Italy to join Serie C side Carpi after five years at United.