Carlisle United have refused to be drawn on reports that they get a five-figure sum each time their former academy goalkeeper Dean Henderson plays for Manchester United.

The Sun reported yesterday that the terms of Henderson's move to Old Trafford from the Blues as a teenager are regularly benefiting the Cumbrians.

They say the deal sees Carlisle get £10,000 every time Henderson plays for the Red Devils.

With Henderson having made 13 appearances this campaign, that would amount to £130,000 so far.

United this week confirmed they had received income from the Henderson deal this season.

But they declined to comment on the specifics of the latest reports when asked by the News & Star.

The Blues say they do not comment on the detail of contractual arrangements.

Whitehaven-born Henderson left Carlisle's academy for Man Utd in 2011 when he was 14.

The keeper has since risen through the ranks at Old Trafford, making loan moves to Stockport, Grimsby, Shrewsbury and Sheffield United before this season's first-team breakthrough.

As well as his first-team outings for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, this season has also seen the talented 23-year-old win his first full England cap.

It has long been known that Henderson's first-team progress could bring significant benefits to Carlisle.

In signs that was happening this season, United chief executive Nigel Clibbens this week said Henderson's breakthrough into the Man Utd first team in 2020/21 was one of the "elements that come into the pot" regarding revenue from player sales over recent years.

Carlisle are also understood to stand to benefit from a sell-on clause if Henderson leaves Old Trafford.

News and Star: Dean Henderson (photo: PA)Dean Henderson (photo: PA)

He has been linked with big-money moves to clubs such as Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks.

The Cumbrian has kept seven clean sheets in his 13 first-team outings this campaign as he tries to force his way past David de Gea as regular first-choice keeper.

Henderson was back on the bench for Man Utd's 0-0 Premier League draw with Chelsea yesterday.

Carlisle are also benefiting from former striker Sam Cosgrove's recent move from Aberdeen to Birmingham.

A sell-on clause is believed to earn United a six-figure sum.

The Cumbrians have also brought in revenue from the more recent sales of young players Jarrad Branthwaite, Liam McCarron and Josh Galloway.