Manchester United legend claims David de Gea is replaceable

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has claimed that Real Madrid-bound goalkeeper David de Gea is replaceable, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

De Gea has been heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu the past season, and Van der Sar believes that the Spain number-one is close to securing the switch.

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“There’s been a lot of talk lately and if he wanted to stay he probably would have signed a new contract by now,” Van der Sar said.

“At the start of the season you start with 11 players…nobody is irreplaceable, that’s always the case.

“I’m sure United, if David is going to leave, they are going to find a good successor.”

The former Red Devil shot-stopper is adamant that De Gea can be replaced, but hopes that United do not come bidding for Ajax star Jasper Cillessen this summer.

“I hope United aren’t getting him!” said Van der Sar.

“Luckily I have some influence on that part, being on the board of Ajax. But of course, Jasper is a fantastic goalkeeper.

“In the winter break I went to Qatar for a week and I trained with the goalkeepers there and had a session with them. He has also improved immensely.

“He played great for the national team in the World Cup and is, like David here, a very reliable goalkeeper for us in Amsterdam. We would like to keep him for a while.”

Van der Sar went on to add that United manager Louis van Gaal may not even need to go and find a replacement, with three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes capable of manning the posts for the first-team.

“Louis also likes a goalkeeper who can play with his feet also and just behind the defence,” he explained.

“Victor Valdes has also played like that at Barcelona for a while,’ he said. ‘Or maybe they are looking for different one also.”

Despite this, United have been monitoring goalkeepers to succeed De Gea this summer, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech, Tottenham ace Hugo Lloris, and Stoke City star Asmir Begovic joining Cillessen on Van Gaal’s wishlist.