Van der Sar signs Utd deal
Edwin Van der Sar has signed a new deal with Man Utd which will keep him at the club until 2010.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 12/12/08 1:46pm
Edwin Van der Sar has signed a new deal with Manchester United which will keep him at the club until 2010.
The Dutch keeper has agreed a one-year contract extension, an agreement which will see him clock up five years' service at Old Trafford.
The veteran shot-stopper has been a revelation since arriving from Fulham in 2005, helping the Red Devils claim back-to-back Premier League titles, a League Cup success and the UEFA Champions League crown.
He has also helped to bring stability to the troublesome keeping conundrum at United, with a number of his predecessors having failed to plug the sizeable void left by Peter Schmeichel's departure in 1999.
Having made the No.1 jersey at the Theatre of Dreams his own, it appears that Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak are now facing up to the prospect of fulfilling back-up duties for two more years.
Sir Alex Ferguson certainly appears to have no intention of dropping the Dutchman, having expressed his delight at persuading the 38-year-old to commit his future to the club.
"We have agreed a new one-year contract with Edwin," said Ferguson.
"His experience, temperament, professionalism and performance level have not changed one bit since he has been with us.
"Obviously, it will be his last year. He will be almost 40 then, which is a great credit to the lad.
"He has been absolutely marvellous here."