Ferguson confirms interest in De Gea

Manchester United is close to signing goalkeeper David De Gea

from Atletico Madrid to replace Edwin van der Sar.

Manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that the English

champions have been tracking Spaniard De Gea with the 40-year-old

Van der Sar retiring after the Champions League final against

Barcelona on Saturday.

”He’s a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence,

and an outstanding replacement for Van der Sar,” Ferguson said on

United’s website. ”We were looking for the same type of qualities

as Edwin, because the one great quality Edwin always had was his

composure and organizational ability. With David De Gea, he is very

similar that way.”

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said neither the 20-year-old

De Gea nor Man United had informed them about a transfer, while

insisting: ”We don’t want to sell.”

”We don’t know a thing,” he added. ”The player is here and

he’ll have to go through a medical checkup … (De Gea) knows well

he can negotiate (with others) but they always have to stick to the

(buy out) clause.”

De Gea, who is yet to play for Spain, won both the Europa League

and European Super Cup in 2010 with Atletico.