Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be leaving the club this summer and has revealed the Spaniard refused to play for the reserves last season, Mirror Sport reports.
There has been question marks over Valdes’s future at the club after he was left out of the squad that travelled to the United States for their pre-season tour of the United States on Monday.
Now fresh developments indicate that his stay in England will be cut short and it appears the former Barcelona stopper has managed to irk van Gaal during his short spell in Manchester.
After signing for the Red Devils on a free transfer in January, it took until May for the 33-year-old to make his long-awaited debut for the club as he replaced David De Gea for the last 16 minutes of the game against Arsenal at Old Trafford, but was unable to keep a clean sheet as the Gunners equalised six minutes after his introduction.
He was then handed a first start a week later on the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season against Hull City where he pulled off a number of fine saves to secure a point for United at the KC Stadium.
His performance that day erased any fears that he was still struggling with a horrible knee injury that cut short his 2013-14 season with Barca and caused him to miss last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
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With van Gaal confirming the departure of the experienced goalkeeper, it would appear a return to La Liga is on the cards as reports via Star Sport claimed the player’s representatives has already opened talks with Valencia.
This news could also be a sign that De Gea will remain a United player this summer and that would further strengthen claims according to Mirror Sport that Real Madrid are willing to wait and sign the keeper for free next summer.