Edwin Van Der Sar has given his verdict on the ongoing problems over David De Gea’s contract extension with Manchester United
The Spaniard’s contract will run out at the end of the season, and he will be free to negotiate personal terms with the foreign clubs from January 1.
Locked in contract talks for over a year, the ex-Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has yet to accept United’s lucrative offer that would see him earn £350,000-a-week.
Although the Red Devils fight tooth and nail to keep hold of the 28-year-old, Van Der Sar believes De Gea is not ‘irreplaceable’ according to the Mirror.
“The decision needs to come at a certain point.
“It takes a long time now, so it’s a case of ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but I’m not a director of United.
“Other goalkeepers can also fill the gap. There are a few Premier League goalkeepers playing at the club who can also take the step up.
“I was 34 when I went to United. So there are lots of opportunities there.”
The Spain international has a host of admirers all across Europe in spite of his struggling for consistency over the past few months.
Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly try to snap up De Gea should he doesn’t pledge his long-term future to Old Trafford in the foreseeable feature.