Manchester United Dwight Yorke thinks that Victor Valdes is capable of replacing David De Gea if he leaves, reports the Daily Mail.
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The Daily Express has reported the latest developments in De Gea’s future, with a move to Real Madrid being mooted throughout the summer. With the 24-year-old being so key to the Red Devils’ fortunes last season this has led to doubts over their capability to compete on four fronts without the Spain international.
However, Yorke doesn’t think that United fans need to fear. The club signed former Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes last January, and he feels he is the perfect man to take over the number one spot if the need arises.
“Victor Valdes probably thinks he would have a good opportunity,” he said, “He’s got a wealth of experience and has won everything in the game. He will probably be a suitable candidate and fill that gap.
“The likes of Petr Cech could have been a candidate to replace De Gea. But the fact that De Gea still remains at Manchester United shows a deal has not been done.”
The ex-Spain international played 535 times for the Blaugranas over 14 years with the Catalan side, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. With his country the ‘keeper has won both the World Cup and the European Championships, albeit as a backup to Iker Casillas between the sticks.
So he would certainly be a reliable pair of hands as United look to do well on their return to the Champions League. The 33-year-old also has experience of working with manager Louis van Gaal from his time at Barca, so could well fit right in to the team as he did when De Gea picked up an injury towards the end of the last campaign.
Valdes would certainly be another option for the Red Devils, who have also been linked with a move for Tottenham star Hugo Lloris by the Metro if their current first choice stopper decides to depart.