Manchester United have confirmed that goalkeeper Victor Valdes has secured a loan move to Standard Liege until the end of the season.
The Spaniard has endured a contentious relationship with coach Louis van Gaal since his arrival in Manchester, and was unable to make an impact at the club after arriving in January 2015.
Valdes leaves after making just two appearances for the Red Devils, and will now hope to secure regular first-team football with Standard with a view of potentially making a late run at sealing a place in the Spain squad for Euro 2016 this summer.
Nevertheless, he will likely be relieved to part company with Van Gaal in particular, after the Dutchman left him out of the club’s pre-season tour of the USA as he claimed that the shot-stopper had refused to play in a reserve game.
As a result, he didn’t train with the first team since that fall out, while a proposed move to Besiktas in the summer transfer window collapsed as the Spaniard’s agent insisted that his client would be moving on in January.
The former Barcelona man has got his wish, and so the 34-year-old will undoubtedly relish a new challenge and a chance to once again prove himself after suffering a serious knee injury in 2014.
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