Some Leeds United fans are not buying Dean Henderson's claim that he was set to join Leeds United until their Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield United, stepped in last summer.
Henderson was part of the Sheffield United side that pipped Leeds to promotion last season, which he spent on loan from Manchester United.
The 22-year-old rejoined the Blades on another temporary deal at the start of the current campaign, and has kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Premier League - with his fine form resulting in a first England call-up last month.
Speaking via the official Sheffield United website on Wednesday, Henderson recalled the circumstances which led to original Bramall Lane move.
"Every club in the Championship were after me at the time," he said.
"I'd been down to Leeds, and it looked as though I was signing there. Bristol City were very keen as well, and then my agent rang me and said that Sheffield United had been on the back burner. I said to him 'Why haven't you told me?', because I really wanted to go there. The gaffer rang me, we spoke on the phone for an hour, and to be honest I was walking there before I even put the phone down. I was just buzzing to come to Bramall Lane.
"It has been the best decision of my career so far. I've made some friends for life; the fans have been brilliant with me and hopefully we can make many more great memories."
But by the time that Henderson first set foot at Sheffield United, Leeds had already signed the Blades' previous loanee 'keeper, Jamal Blackman.
And this is what those of a Leeds persuasion are saying on Twitter...
We had already signed Blackman on loan so this didn’t happened— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket (@delwright21) November 6, 2019
Every team in the champ— Danieljamesrose (@danieljamesros2) November 6, 2019
Of course that’s what happened dean— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) November 6, 2019
What a load of verbal diarrhoea.— Craig & charlie the chocolate labrador. (@bandforgood) November 6, 2019
We had already signed Blackman on loan fro Chelsea (Sheffield u wanted him back on loan)but he came to us so their 2nd choice was Henderson,we would not of wanted to sign 2 loan gk’s so he is lying— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket (@delwright21) November 6, 2019
‘Didn’t happen’— ChimayBielsa (@rgandy2_gandy) November 6, 2019
Henderson, you may claim to have turned Leeds Utd down for smaller club Sheff U, Leeds Utd will soon have new owners in QSI. Leeds United will be bigger that Man City. Then you will look foolish. You chose Sheff over Leeds because there would be less pressure than with a bigclub— Nige Co (@NigeCo2) November 7, 2019
He might be a bit of a prick, but he's one hell of a Goalkeeper. Shame we missed out on him.— LUFC News (@LUFC_NewsOnline) November 6, 2019
Blackman would, unfortunately, suffer a serious injury ahead of his Championship debut and return to his parent club, Chelsea.
The Whites later signed Kiko Casilla on a permanent deal from Real Madrid.
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