Manchester United Keeper Sets Date For Retirement

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 
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Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar has issued a statement to both the club and the global media highlighting his recent decision to hang up his boots at the end of the present Premier League campaign.

The former Holland number one has proven to be a huge strength for the club after joining the club back in 2005 from Premier League outfit Fulham.

The news will leave the club with a limited amount of time to be able to capture a replacement for the Dutch born stopper and with limited resources within their squad listing at the moment, it could leave the club to reignite their interest in such targets as Juventus keeper Buffon.

Van der Sar has told both the club and the media that his decision to retire from the game meant that he would now have time to “pay attention to my family”.

Although the announcement has been released today, it seems that the decision was not a rushed one, with thoughts being that the stopper had already decided to quit the game at the end of the season back in 2009 after his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage.

It seems that that was the main reasoning for the announcement after the keeper was quick to point out that age was of no factor within the decision, saying that although he is 40 years old now, he still feels fit.

The news will cause concern for a number of fans and players at the club after the Dutch international gave his announcement after the realisation that the club will now have a huge void to fill.

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