It’s now official. Manchester United has made an announcement that the club has completed the deal for 26 year old Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard in which it stated that “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Aalesunds FK to sign Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a 3½ year deal for an undisclosed fee. Personal terms have been agreed with the player, who passed a medical in Manchester. Anders will train with United during December but will be ineligible to play until the transfer window opens in January 2011.
Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have landed Lindegaard. The manager confirmed to MUTV on Friday morning that talks with the 26 year old’s club have been successful and the Danish international will become a United player in the new year. “We’ve completed that deal” said Sir Alex “all the negotiations are over and he’ll join us in January.” Ferguson said “Anders is one of the brightest young keepers in the game. The challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future and in Anders, we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even more promise. Having the time to train with him before he is registered will be an important period for him – almost like a pre season to get him integrated with the other players.”
The boss added that the move for Lindegaard is very much about forward planning, for the scenario when United’s number one Edwin van der Sar now 40, hangs up his gloves at the end of an illustrious career. “We’ve got to prepare for the day when Edwin finally bows out” said the boss “I think that’s the main reason we’ve signed Lindegaard now, to protect us for the future.”
Lindegaard said “Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me. The club is such an institution in Denmark, it’s an honour to come here. I’m looking forward to playing and training alongside some of the great players in football today. I can’t wait to be part of this team and to make my contribution to keeping the team at the top of the game.”
Will Lindegaard be a good long term signing for United?