Manchester United have confirmed that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has signed a new contract with the Premier League club on their official website.
The 23-year-old stopper is a product of the fabled Old Trafford youth system but is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils.
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Since graduating into senior football, Johnstone has undertaken eight loan spells with six different clubs in the Football League.
With the likes of David De Gea and Sergio Romero ahead of him in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order, the former England under-20 international was being touted with an exit from the club.
Aston Villa were believed to be interested in taking Johnstone to the Midlands and potentially offering him regular first-team football in the Championship.
However, the goalkeeper has committed to his boyhood club and spoke of his delight at signing a new deal with the Premier League outfit.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” he said.
“I have been with the club since I was 10 years old and have grown up here. The last 13 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every moment of my time here so far.
“I am working with world-class goalkeepers every day and now I am going to use all that experience to push myself and show the manager what I can do.”
Johnstone will surely look to spend time out on another loan in the near future, as his passage into the United first team looks very daunting currently.
The 23-year-old spent time at Preston North End in recent seasons and another move to a Football League club would make sense for all parties.