Nathan Bishop is living the dream at Manchester United after clinching a surprise deadline day move to Old Trafford.
Bishop joined from Southend and is now the club’s third choice goalkeeper for the rest of this season after Lee Grant suffered an injury which has required surgery.
Over the past week Bishop has been training with his new United teammates out in Spain.
He has been working under senior goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis and practising alongside Spain international David de Gea and Argentine ace Sergio Romero.
Bishop has been speaking to club’s official website about his early experience working alongside the two top stars.
He said: “To learn from the likes of David and Sergio is an opportunity you can’t ever turn down. It’s incredible. Serg, you can learn so much from him.
“David is one of the best in the world, so it’s just an honour to be around him. To learn off everything he does, every little thing, every aspect, his attitude, everything is just fantastic and Sergio as well, he’s just so positive. He’s open to teaching, coaching, helping me as well which is so nice.”
“David’s ability to be a goalkeeper is incredible. He can catch everything. Honestly, everything. And Serge as a person and as a character, he’s got that incredible ability to pull things out of nowhere which is unreal. David’s hands and David’s saves as well. They’re both top tier keepers.”
The goalkeeping position is one where United are arguably better stocked than any club in world football.
As well as the best goalkeeper in Spain, United have arguably the best Argentine ‘keeper too along with Dean Henderson, who hopes to become England’s number one.
On loan Kieran O’Hara even made his international debut for Republic of Ireland last year.
It is tough to know at this early stage whether Bishop will ascend to achieve international honours too, but he is in the right place to learn.
Getting to train alongside high calibre experienced goalkeepers like De Gea and Romero is clearly an unbelievable opportunity for a player who was until recently playing at Southend’s 12,900 capacity Roots Hall Stadium.
Right now Bishop has an opportunity to consolidate his status as third choice.
With it likely that Lee Grant will leave when his contract expires this summer, Dean Henderson probably heading out on loan again, and Joel Pereira struggling at Hearts, Bishop has to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
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