While the future of David de Gea remains uncertain, the bookmakers believe there will be at least one goalkeeper departing Manchester United this summer De Gea’s backup Victor Valdes.
Valdes was surprisingly left out of the United squad that has travelled to the United States for a pre-season tour, and manager Louis van Gaal revealed the player has not future at Old Trafford after allegedly refusing to play for the reserve team last season.
Valdes put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract when he joined Manchester United from Barcelona back in January, but after making just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils it appears as though the 33-year-old could be on his way this summer.
“He is not selected [for the tour] because he does not follow our philosophy,” van Gaal told reporters. “There is no place for one player [who does not do that]. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm.
“For example, he refused last season to play in the second team. That’s also one aspect of our philosophy but there are a lot of other aspects of how you have to play in our philosophy in Manchester United. When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way and that is out.”
And when asked if United were looking to sell the veteran goalkeeper, van Gaal was blunt with his answer.
“Yes,” he confirmed. “For us it is a big disappointment because we thought he would follow our philosophy. It’s a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate and also gave a contract to him of course.”
Valdes, for his part, has shown no desire to patch things up with van Gaal in the wake of those comments, instead firing back at the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss with a tweet pointing out reserve team matches he was involved with.
Reports reaching Cheznews sports desk has it that Valencia are already prepring a bid to bring the Spanish goal tender back to Spain.