Manchester United backup goalkeeper Lee Grant is now 38 but is not planning to retire just yet.
Grant gave an interview to TalkSport yesterday, where he outlined his intentions for next season.
His contract expires in June, but Grant says he wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford for at least another season.
The former Stoke stopper also said that he has recently dipped his toe into coaching, when United’s backroom staff was depleted for the 3-1 win over Newcastle last month.
“I’m not that far away from having to make a decision over what I want to do,” said Grant. “I’m fit enough and well enough where it would be rude not to keep going.
“If Manchester United would love to have me around for another year, that would be a wonderful outcome for me. I’m certainly enjoying my time at the club, they’ve been tremendous with me.
“If not, I’m up for whatever else is available. We had a bit of a Covid crisis in terms of our staffing (against Newcastle), so I had to muck in with the staff.
“I was our goalkeeper coach for the night – I took on full goalkeeping coaching duties, which I loved. I enjoy doing that and I know the staff and players enjoy having me around.”
There will be some who read Grant’s comments and cynically think of course he would want to take another year’s salary in return for never really playing for the world’s biggest club.
Spotrac claim Grant’s weekly wage is £30,000 at United and there will be plenty who say that’s money for nothing and the job of a lifetime.
But having a reliable, experienced backup goalkeeper who keeps standards high in training is valuable to a manager and his coaching staff.
And it’s not as easy as people think to keep training hard when there’s no realistic prospect of getting a game at the weekend.
United’s goalkeeping situation will come under the microscope again in the summer.
There’s the prospect that one of David de Gea or Dean Henderson could leave, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a big decision over who his number one will be.
Sergio Romero should also leave in the summer. He should have been allowed to leave in 2020 once it became clear he would be third choice.
That could allow Nathan Bishop the chance to establish himself as second choice, with Grant offering an experienced third option.
As much as he seemed to enjoy the coaching role, Grant appears set on continuing in a playing role as long as he can. Whether that’s at United or not remains to be seen.
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