Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Motivation Is Not a Problem for Retiring Van der Sar

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Motivation Is Not a Problem for Retiring Van der Sar

Article excerpt

MANCHESTER United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar begins the slow descent to the end of his career tonight insisting motivation is not going to be a problem.

Van der Sar confirmed last week that he would retire at the end of the season, bringing an end to a stellar 20-year career.

Yet there must be an unspoken concern about how the announcement will affect the veteran Dutchman's performances.

After all, Sir Alex Ferguson openly admits that when he announced his retirement for 2002, it had an adverse affect on United's performances. However, Van der Sar remains driven and motivated, and his sheer love of being outdoors ensures his training performances will not suffer.

"I don't see motivation until the end of the season being a problem at all," he said. "There was a point last year when it was four degrees and the rain was pouring down. Ben Foster asked me whether I still wanted to do it in such rubbish weather. I said I loved it. …

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