The former Barcelona goalkeeper was left out of the Red Devils’ Champions League squad, but hope was lifted that he may have been handed a second chance to impress in England after having secured a place in their EPL squad; yet it seems this is not the case, far from it.
The Manchester Evening News state that Valdes has no future at Old Trafford, and was only included to adhere to Premier League rules. He is therefore unlikely to play any part over the next four months before perhaps seeking an exit in the January transfer window.
He was not handed a squad number for the new season after falling out with van Gaal – who claimed that the Spaniard unforgivably challenged his philosophy in refusing to play for the reserves [via Goal].
He appeared to be closing in on a move to Besiktas before the Turkish outfit attempted to alter the terms of the initial deal, which consequently saw Valdes himself back out of the move [via BBC Sport].
His situation with United at present will come as even more of a blow after Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque revealed that Valdes was in contention for his last squad, as he was keen to offer his show of support for the stopper, but admitted that the possibility of scrutiny forced him against the idea.
“We were very close to bringing Victor Valdes to the team and I really liked the idea,” he said in an interview with Atresmedia, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“But in the end, we acted a little bit cowardly just because of what people might say, such as that I’ve lost my mind or those sort of things.
“It was a time when Valdes needed support and why couldn’t we have given it ourselves?”