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Make me Manchester United number one or I quit: Kuszczak

Tomasz Kuszczak believes he is good enough to replace Edwin van der Sar on a long-term basis and claims there is no need for Manchester United to find another top goalkeeper.

Van der Sar, currently suffering from flu, is debating whether to retire from football at the end of the season.

United have continued to be linked with several goalkeepers despite signing Anders Lindegaard from Aalesund, but Kuszczak, 28, is determined to become the number one — or move on.

He said: “I know I have not got the biggest name in the world and I do not want this to sound arrogant... I think I am good enough.

“I have talked to the boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) a few times and he said we will see what happens at the end of the season.

“I know that in the meantime if I get a chance I have to play well because that is the only way I am going to impress him.

“If Sir Alex Ferguson decides I am not good enough, then I will look for another club.

“Everything is open now. I am realistic about my situation. It would not frighten me to take over as Edwin's successor. Why should it? I am not new here.

“If I play for this club long term I will be really happy because that has always been my dream. I came to Manchester to try to be a top goalkeeper for many years like my idol Peter Schmeichel.”

Meanwhile, Ossie Ardiles admits Europe's top clubs will all have Gareth Bale in their sights this summer, but the Tottenham legend is confident that the club will hang on to their star winger.

“There is no doubt that Bale will be targeted this summer. All the best teams in the world will be after him,” said Ardiles.

“Players in the past like Dimitar Berbatov had to leave because they wanted to play in the Champions League. He left because we couldn't give him that platform, but now we can.

“Last year he was good, but this season Gareth has been even better. He has been outstanding.

“He is the best player in his position in the world.”

A true test of Tottenham's credentials will come on Sunday when they hope to cut the eight-point gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester United with a win at White Hart Lane.

Spurs lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture last October, but Ardiles reckons Harry Redknapp's team stand a good chance of toppling Sir Alex Ferguson's side and even maintains his former club can go on to win the title this year.

“I think we will go into the match as favourites,” Ardiles said.

“Spurs are getting better and better and there is no reason why we cannot win the league.”

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