Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar insists losing David de Gea to Real Madrid won't be a huge loss to the Red Devils.
The Spanish international is out of contract next year and has so far refused to sign a new deal worth £200,000-per-week, a record for a goalkeeper.
Reports have claimed that Manchester United were resigned to losing their player of the year and after months of speculation it seems as though Madrid are about to make their move.
A £25 million move to the Bernabeu is said to be close and boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly looking at a host of alternatives including Petr Cech of Chelsea and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris.
Despite the emergence of De Gea as one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the past two seasons Van der Sar, who featured for Manchester United legends in their charity match against Real Madrid legends today, claimed that while De Gea is amongst the world's elite, Manchester United will be able to secure a more than adequate replacement.
"There's been a lot of talk lately and if he wanted to stay he probably would have signed a new contract by now,' the Dutch legend said. "At the start of the season you start with 11 players...nobody is irreplaceable, that's always the case.
"I'm sure United, if David is going to leave, they are going to find a good successor." He added: De Gea had some difficulties in his first year and in his second year he came on well and in the third and fourth he really progressed immensely,"
'Of course, I don't know the candidates to replace him if he's going to leave the club. David has immense reflexes and is also good at coming out for corners. He has improved a lot there."
When asked about whether he though De Gea should sign a new contract at Old Trafford Van der Sar said: "I don't know. He comes from Spain, he played for Atletico Madrid. He came here as a young boy to United, really grew up and became a man and has become a top quality goalkeeper, so he's in demand.
"I don't know how his family situation is like, or that kind of thing."
If Van Gaal opts against signing a big-money replacement for De Gea he can call upon the services of Victor Valdes.
The former Barcelona man penned an 18-month contract with the Red Devils in the January window, and stepped up for the final games of the season when De Gea went down with an injury in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
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