Anders Lindegaard could put pen to paper on a shock new deal with Manchester United that would see him remain at the club for next season, according to reports in Denmark.
Danish paper Ekstra Bladet have today ran a piece on the 31-year-old that implies his future might very well be at Old Trafford rather than away from it, despite recent reports.
Exit on the cards
It’s been largely assumed that Lindegaard will be one of a group of players deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal before the start of next season, with the Denmark international having featured just three times for United’s first-team since the 2013/14 campaign, and not at all under Van Gaal.
Exacerbating matters is the fact that former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was added to the Red Devils’ roster in January, pushing Lindegaard even further down the pecking order and virtually making it impossible for him to get game-time whilst he remains at Old Trafford.
Change in stance possible?
However developments over David de Gea’s future as a United player could go some way to deciding Lindegaard’s future. The Spain international is coveted by Real Madrid and a transfer might ensue this summer, thus leaving Van Gaal with two options.
Either the Dutchman would then promote Valdes to United’s number one, meaning that Lindegaard would become the de facto backup option, or he would dip into the market for a new ‘keeper to contest the spot with Valdes.
The report from Ekstra
An uncertain future
The latter scenario wouldn’t change Lindegaard’s position at all, so we’re assuming Ekstra’s report is dependant upon the former coming to fruition.
Due to the fact that Lindegaard’s current United deal is set to expire in 2016 a decision will been to be forthcoming from his club sooner rather than later either way.
The Dane's agent has previously implied that he wasn’t content with sticking around to be a sub, which would directly contradict Ekstra’s claims, but perhaps he would feel more inclined to fight for the number one berth if that battle was with Valdes as opposed to De Gea.
Fans won't have to wait long
If nothing else the predicament will create another interesting situation for United fans to debate over in the coming weeks. De Gea’s deal at Old Trafford is also up next summer, meaning if Van Gaal is to sell him now is the time.
If he opts to then the next decision he makes will impact Lindegaard’s future, though that it could be all by-the-by if the ex-Aalesund man isn’t open to staying.
United fans, who do you want to have as your first and second-choice ‘keepers for next season? Who do you think you’ll have? Let us know in the comments box below.