Van der Sar set for United stay

Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010 by PA

Veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar looks set to sign a new one-year contract with Manchester United.

The 39-year-old Dutchman has been in talks with manager Sir Alex Ferguson over his future and now appears ready to commit to a 12-month extension.

Quoted in the News of the World, he said: "I would like to keep on playing so I have decided to sign another contract. The club want me to stay and I'm happy here. My fitness is good and I feel I can carry on playing for United."

Van der Sar returned to the Red Devils' first team last month a spell out through injury and compassionate leave following his wife's suspected brain haemorrhage.

"It's been a hard time for all the family and when something like this happens it's a tough situation," he said.

"Luckily I was back in Holland when it happened because I was injured and it meant that I could be with her in hospital.

"It's been a difficult period, but I'm happy things are improving at home."

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