Ajax Amsterdam executive Edwin Van Der Sar has revealed that he was contacted by former club Manchester United. Van Der Sar revealed this in a chat with ESPN’s Good Morning Eredivisie. He was asked about the rumours linking him with a return to Manchester United.
When asked about the possibility of returning to Old Trafford in an administrative capacity having played at the club for several years, Edwin Van Der Sar stated that the club reached out to him some years ago before casting doubts on if the club would like his kind of CEO. According to him, his own kind of CEO focuses more on the football side of things like what he does at Ajax Amsterdam. The former Dutch national team shot stopper also said that he can’t work in an administrative capacity at a club that he does not love.
Edwin Van Der Sar revealed that Ajax Amsterdam had the plan to join Europe’s elite ten years ago and under his watch, they have been able to achieve that target without funds from a rich sugar daddy or government.
Under his watch, Ajax Amsterdam reached the last four of the Champions League two seasons ago before they were eliminated by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on away goals. Ajax Amsterdam defeated Spurs 1-0 away from home before they lost a 2-0 lead to the North London team in the second leg. Spurs won the second leg 3-2 to move into the final at the expense of the Dutch Eredivisie giants.
Ajax Amsterdam also reached the Europa League semi-finals this season before they were knocked out by Italian Serie A club AS Roma. In addition, Ajax Amsterdam have won the last two editions of the Dutch Eredivisie.