The Spanish stopper—a former teammate of Pedro at both Spain and Barcelona—moved to United last season and had been a candidate to take over from David De Gea should the 24-year-old make a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Ultimately, De Gea didn’t leave, but Valdes’s own chances of a key role at Old Trafford look to have ended following a public dispute with van Gaal.
Despite being linked with a move away from the club—with Besiktas heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winner—Valdes remains at the club, seemingly third choice behind De Gea and new boy Sergio Romero.
Pedro—who snubbed United to move to Chelsea for £21.4 million—has criticised van Gaal for how he has dealt with the whole situation surrounding Valdes and the veteran’s future.
“It’s true that I don’t like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a team-mate and as a professional,” Pedro told Marca, as per Sky Sports.
“I don’t believe it’s fair but it didn’t influence my decision. I just saw that Manchester didn’t take that move forward, that they were taking too long. Chelsea were more decisive.
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“I spoke to Victor a lot. He told me that United was very good and there was a great fan following, but that his only problem was the situation with the coach.
“But Victor absolutely did not recommend against signing for United. He spoke very well of the club. It’s a great club but I’m convinced I have made the right choice to join Chelsea.
“I had an important chat with Jose Mourinho and he said many things that I liked to hear. That, combined with the possibility to live in London, was what made me decide.”