Edwin van der Sar: is former Manchester United in hospital, what has happened - all that has been said by Ajax
Edwin van der Sar is said to be in a stable condition
Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar remains stable but “still concerning” after suffering bleeding around his brain.
The 52-year-old was admitted to intensive care on Friday (7 July) and his family have expressed their gratitude for the messages of support they have received.
The goalkeeper turned football executive is in a stable condition, Dutch club Ajax has announced. He was reportedly in Croatia on holiday when he suffered the haemorrhage.
Why is he in hospital?
Edwin van der Sar has suffered bleeding around his brain, his former employers Ajax announced on Friday (7 July).
What has been said?
In an update on Saturday (8 July), Ajax said: "Edwin van der Sar will remain in intensive care for the time being,” said a statement by Ajax, where the Dutchman was chief executive until the end of last season.
“His condition is stable but still concerning. Ajax shares this information on behalf of Annemarie van der Sar, Edwin’s wife.
“The Van der Sar family, along with Ajax, is grateful and deeply touched by the many messages of support.”
The club previously said: “On Friday, Edwin van der Sar has had a bleeding around his brain. He’s currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition. Once there is more concrete information, an update will follow. Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you.”
Although no further details were given by Ajax, it has been reported Van der Sar was admitted to hospital while away in Croatia after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.
Following a disappointing season for Ajax, the club finishing third in the Eredivise and missing out on Champions League qualification, Van der Sar announced he would be stepping down from his role after almost 11 years on the club’s board.
“I feel the need to take some distance, to get some rest, and to do other things,” he said on Twitter at the end of May. “It doesn’t feel good to take decisions about the future of this wonderful club in the coming period. That is why I have decided to resign.”
The Professional Footballers’ Association tweeted: “The thoughts of everyone at the PFA are with Edwin and his family.”
European football’s governing body UEFA said: “Following his admission to hospital today, the thoughts and best wishes of UEFA and the entire European football community are with Edwin vanderSar and his family.
“We’re all with you, Edwin.”
Manchester United and Fulham issue statements
Fulham, with whom van der Sar spent four years before joining United, sent a message of support, tweeting: “Everyone at Fulham Football Club wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you.”
United offered van der Sar the club’s best wishes. “Sending all our love and strength to you, Edwin,” a post on the club’s Twitter feed read.
More to follow.