Tom Heaton has joined Manchester United on a free transfer from Aston Villa and the move has been confirmed by the Old Trafford outfit. According to a report by The Athletic last month, Heaton had agreed a deal to return to Man United where he began his career.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper has now signed a contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023 with the contract having an option for an additional year.
It appears that Man United held talks with the goalkeeper last month and he will serve as an understudy to David de Gea and Dean Henderson.
On confirmation of the deal, Heaton said: “For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m really, really excited to get started.
“I’m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give and I’ve got the bit between my teeth.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I’m looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers.”
Man United chose to go for Heaton as their current third choice Sergio Romero, whose contract expires in the summer will not sign an extension to remain at the club.
This will leave the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-led side with a void to fill in the squad and Heaton, who has been established in the Premier League and knows the club is a good fit. He will also count as a homegrown player at the club.
It can be recalled that the shot-stopper joined the club as a trainee in 2002 and made a series of appearances for the club’s youth teams before making the move to Cardiff City on a permanent deal eight years later.
Meanwhile, there is also doubt over the future of Man United’s fourth-choice goalie Lee Grant as his contract also expires in the summer.