German keeper makes "come and get me" plea to United
Published 23:00 08/01/11 By Simon Mullock
Manchester United are set to make Rene Adler’s dream come true by triggering a £15million get-out clause.
The 25 year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalie is such an avid United fan he insisted on a release clause if the Reds came in for him.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring Adler all season as he looks for a top-class replacement for Edwin van der Sar – and now Leverkusen are bracing themselves for the bid that will take the German international to United.
Leverkusen have been trying to persuade Adler to sign a new contract, with just 18 months left on his current agreement.
But Adler wants to follow in the footsteps of his hero Peter Schemiechel by becoming United’s No 1.
He said: “I have told the board of Leverkusen that I am not willing to discuss any kind of new contract until April.
“I just want to achieve a Champions League spot with my team here now.
“But everyone here knows that I have higher ambitions and everyone knows that Manchester United is my dream club.
“The board of the club are aware of the special clause in my contract.”
He added: “As a young kid all my friends were interested in cartoons, MTV, and German television programmes, but I was only interested in one person: Peter Schmeichel, who was in goal for Manchester United.
“I thought he was fantastic and loved every minute he was on tv with United.
“My whole bedroom was full of Schmeichel posters and United things. I also had one or two other heroes in football, like Paul Gascoigne and Zidane.
“But nobody, in my eyes, was as impressive as Schmeichel.”
Van der Sar is in his sixth season at United, but time is catching up with the Dutcham who celebrated his 40th birthday in October.
He missed games over the Christmas period through injury and illness and United will look at offering him a coaching role if he brings the curtain down on his playing career in the summer.
With back-up keeper Tomasz Kuszczak also set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, United have already recruited Anders Lindegaard from Danish club Aalesund.
But Ferguson is still in the market for a top-class keeper. Fergie admitted recently that he had learned not to look for stop-gap measures. He wants to sign a proven number 1 in the mould of Schmeichel
And Adler, who grew up in the east German city of Leipzig, fits the profile at an imposing 6ft 4ins.