The former Barcelona goalkeeper joined the Red Devils on a free transfer in January but had to wait until May for his first apperance which came against Arsenal after current number one David De Gea picked up an injury during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Valdes then made his full league debut a week later against Hull City on the final day of the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season and pulled off a series of great saves to fill United supporters with great confidence that he is over a terrible knee injury which sidelined him for almost a year.
With rumours of De Gea’s departure intensifying at the start of the summer, it appeared to many that Valdes’ performance against the Tigers could see him installed as the club’s new number one should his Spanish compatriot sign for Real Madrid.
However, when the squad list for United’s pre-season tour of the United States was released via the club official Twitter account on Monday morning, there was a place for De Gea but not for Valdes and that has fuelled speculation that he could be on the move once again during the current transfer window.
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Reports in Spain [via Star Sport] claim the 33-year-old’s representatives have opened talks with La Liga outfit Valencia, who are in the market for a new keeper following an injury to Diego Alves.
With United manager Louis van Gaal keen to strengthen his central defensive options ahead of the new season [via Telegraph Sport], he is reportedly interested in a move for Los Che defender Nicolas Otamendi and a possible swap deal could be on the cards as that would suit all parties involved.
Should Valdes be allowed to leave the club this summer, it could be further proof that De Gea will stay at Old Trafford for at least another season and that would go along with reports in Mirror Sport that Los Blancos are prepared to wait to land the 24-year-old for free next summer.