Van der Sar to sign new deal
Veteran keeper feels he can play on for another seasonEdwin van der Sar has confirmed he has decided to sign a new contract at Manchester United to extend his playing career into his 40s.
The veteran Dutch goalkeeper's current deal expires at the end of the season and he has been offered a 12-month extension by the Premier League champions.
Van der Sar has been mulling over his future at Old Trafford following suggestions he would head into retirement in the summer.
However, the 39-year-old has revealed that he is confident he is capable of maintaining his form for another season and is ready to sign fresh terms.
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."
The former Ajax and Juventus keeper has endured a stop-start season for United, missing the opening weeks of the campaign with a finger injury.
He was then sidelined by a knee problem before being allowed to return to the Netherlands on 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."