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Heaton returns to Man Utd on free transfer

2 Jul 2021
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Goalkeeper moves back to Old Trafford after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season

Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer.ย 

Heaton has agreed a two-year contract with the option of a one-year extension after he leftย Aston Villa at the end of last season.

The 35-year-old started his professional career at Man Utd and returns 11 years after departing the club for Cardiff City.ย 

"To have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, itโ€™s an incredible feeling and Iโ€™m really, really excited to get started," Heaton told Man Utd's official website.

โ€œIโ€™m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel Iโ€™ve got an awful lot to give and Iโ€™ve got the bit between my teeth."

Heaton has also played for Bristol City and Burnley, with whom he made 116 Premier League appearances, 408 saves and kept 28 clean sheets.ย 

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He becomes the second signing announced by Man Utd this summer, following a deal for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho.ย 

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United begin the new season at home to Leeds United on 14 August.ย 

See: Summer 2021 transfers and news

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