Edwin van der Sar no longer in intensive care


Former Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has been moved out of intensive care following a bleed on the brain.

The ex-Manchester United and Ajax player, 52, was taken to hospital while on holiday in Croatia before being transferred to a Dutch hospital.

“I’m happy to share that I’m no longer in the intensive care unit,” Van der Sar said in a statement on his Twitter.

“However, I’m still in hospital. I hope to go home next week and take the next step in my recovery.”

There was an outpouring of goodwill messages to Van der Sar after news of his condition broke on 7 July and he expressed his gratitude in the latest update.

“We want to thank everyone for all the great and supportive messages,” he added.

Van der Sar, who won 130 caps for his country, resigned from his role as Ajax chief executive in May after the side finished third in the Dutch league and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009.

He retired from playing after leaving United in 2011 before joining the Ajax board in 2012, and becoming the club’s chief executive in 2016.

Van der Sar made 266 appearances for the Red Devils and helped them to win four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League. He also played for Fulham and Juventus.

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