Edwin van der Sar ‘almost postponed his retirement’

Manchester United veteran was close to changing his mind about retiring, according to Sir Alex Ferguson

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Edwin van der Sar will retire this summer Photo: Paul Blank

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Edwin van der Sar considered postponing his retirement, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed.

The 40-year-old former Netherlands international announced his intention to retire this summer back in January before almost backtracking on his choice.

“He came to see me and told me he was thinking about changing his mind,” said Ferguson. “I had to tell him to be quick about it because we are in the middle of concluding a deal for a new keeper.”

Ferguson added: “He came back a couple of days later to say he would be sticking with his original decision to go, which I think at his age is the right thing for him to do.”

In his six seasons at Old Trafford Van der Sar has won four Premier League titles as well as Carling Cup and Champions League crowns.

The former Ajax goalkeeper this season became the oldest player to have appeared in both the Premier League and Champions League.

The Dutchman, who is the most-capped Holland player of all time, also holds the record for the being the first goalkeeper to keep 50 clean sheets in the Champions League.

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