Van der Sar doubles back on Manchester United sporting director talk

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Edwin van der Sar has ruled out returning to Manchester United to take up a sporting director role at his old club.

The Dutchman won four Premier League titles in just five years with United under Sir Alex Ferguson and in September he claimed it “nonsense” that he could be heading to Old Trafford.

Fast forward a few weeks though and Van der Sar – who currently works as chief executive officer with Ajax – admitted he would be “interested” in a position at Old Trafford.

“Yeah,” he told Planet Futbol when asked about a possible return.

“Besides my family, my wife and kids and everything I have two loves in my life.

“That’s Ajax, who gave me the opportunity to develop, they scouted me, they gave me the chance to shine in the world of football.

“And the last club of my career, also gave me a lot of attention, recognition and everything, developed at a later stage.

“And of course I’d be interested, interested in a position.”

But speaking before Chelsea’s away clash in Amsterdam against Ajax on Wednesday night, Van der Sar put the talk to bed.

Asked if he would consider a job at United, Van der Sar told BT Sport: “No, I’ve said it before I want to make Ajax successful. As a goalkeeper and player you need to build confidence and test out your strengths and I’m experiencing a lot of different things here and we still have unfinished business here.

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“Maybe if we had taken it one step further last year (Ajax were beaten in Champions League semi-final) it would have been the step already but I’m concentrating on Ajax.”