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Done Deal: Manchester United’s Victor Valdes finally ends Old Trafford misery

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has ended his Premier League career by sealing a move to Besiktas.

Sky Sports tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon:

Despite being in the latter stages of his career, the former Barcelona stopper has been one of the finest talents in between the posts over the last decade; but Louis van Gaal, the United manager, appeared to have little desire to hand the Spaniard a chance in Manchester, with perhaps the Dutchman’s ego culpable for Valdes’ quick exit.

Van Gaal announced in July that the goalkeeper had been made available in the summer market after failing to follow his philosophy by refusing to play in reserve matches – a statement that LVG certainly didn’t need to make public.

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Valdes made just one Premier League start for the Red Devils against Hull City at the end of last season, where he produced a number of superb saves, which fuelled debate over the possibility that he could take over from Real Madrid target David De Gea as the club’s No.1.

It wasn’t to be at Old Trafford, and he will surely not be looking back as he heads off to Turkey.

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