Former Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar remains in intensive care but is communicating and «is not in mortal danger», his wife said on Tuesday.
Van der Sar, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008 after a penalty shootout, was admitted to hospital in Croatia last Friday after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
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«Edwin is still in the intensive care unit, but he is stable. He is not in mortal danger,» Annemarie van der Sar said in a statement issued through Dutch club Ajax. «Every time we visit him, he is forthcoming. We have to wait patiently to see how his situation evolves.»
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Van der Sar, 52, retired in 2011 after 130 appearances for his country and a club career that included Champions League wins with both Ajax and United.
He also won four Premier League titles with United and had spells at Fulham and Juventus.
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He later took a board seat at Ajax and resigned as the Amsterdam club’s general manager at the end of the season.