ILLGNER UNAWARE OF UNITED INTEREST
By Luis Murillo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With Raimond van der Gouw and Fabien Barthez both suffering from injury, a European-wide search for a reserve shot-stopper has been launched by The Red Devils.
Illgner along with Alan Kelly, Andy Goram and Magnus Hedman, has been linked with a loan move to Old Trafford, but the former German international denied any knowledge of an approach.
Illgner said: "I don't know anything about United. I haven't received any offer. They have troubles with goalkeepers, but nothing more.
"If I don't know anything, I can't say anything."
After some prompting, Illgner added: "United are a great team and if they were interested in me, it would be an honour for me and for any player."
Illgner has a contract with Real until June 2002, but he has been given limited first-team opportunities with the emergence of teenager Iker Casillas.
The German is the third keeper in Vicente del Bosque's structure and also admits to a lingering knee injury.
Illgner said: "When I got injured, one and a half years ago, I knew that this would be with me for the rest of my sporting life, although I can play normally."