Gill sure over new No.1
David Gill is confident Man Utd will fill the void left by goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's retirement.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 15/05/11 12:04pm
Manchester United chief executive David Gill is confident the club will fill the void left by goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
Van der Sar has been in sensational form for United this season, helping the club land their record 19th league title.
But the 40-year-old Dutchman is to retire this summer, leading to speculation over who boss Sir Alex Ferguson might target as his successor.
Tomasz Kuszczak deputised at Blackburn on Saturday but the Pole was nervy throughout the encounter and has already admitted he is looking to move on in the summer.
Atletico Madrid's David de Gea is rumoured to be on the Red Devils' radar, but Gill is remaining coy over their top target.
"We know the keeper we want," said Gill. "We are in a good situation with that and it will progress at the end of the season.
"It is not as though it is a surprise that Edwin is retiring.
"We have been associated with all the top goalkeepers in Europe for the last six to 12 months.
"We have made the decision and I am sure we can get the deal done."
Gill also reflected on manager Ferguson's future, with the task of one day replacing the Scot considered to be the club's toughest challenge.
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho is considered to be the favourite to succeed Ferguson once the latter retires from management.
Gill, however, has intimated that the manner with which Mourinho dealt with recent clashes against Barcelona would be discussed should United ever ponder making an appointment.
"I am not going to speculate about what is going to happen," said Gill.
"That is in the future and it is wrong to speak about other clubs and their situation.
"We will discuss that internally and whatever impact that would have if he was in the frame many years down the line."