Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has ruled himself out of becoming the club’s director of football.
Van der Sar confirmed on Friday that he had signed a new deal with Dutch giants Ajax as their Chief Executive Officer; a deal he has held at the club since 2016.
The new deal lasts until 2023 with United now forced to look elsewhere for a role that has been taken seriously by clubs in Europe.
The Dutchman, who won four Premier League titles and the Champions League over six years at Old Trafford, had been touted by many as the ideal candidate to fill the empty and much-needed director of football role.
Apart from the Dutchman, a lot of names have been touted with former Reds Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher among those who are said to have expressed interest in the role.
Ralf Rangnick, who has achieved success at RB Leipzig, is another name that has constantly been linked with the role.
Very happy with my contract extension at this beautiful club! I started as a goalie in 1991, 3 years ago I became @AFCAjax CEO. We’ve had some difficult moments, but the good times are definitely back. And of course we want more in the future! ❌❌❌#VdSar2023 #ForTheFuture pic.twitter.com/3XFr8CDyIu— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) November 15, 2019