Since his bust-up with Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal over his refusal to train and play with the club’s U21s, Victor Valdes has been on the periphery of the Red Devils’ team.
The 33-year old Spanish shot-stopper was close to leaving Old Trafford during the summer, with Besiktas very keen to sign him but the deal fell through due to a reported injury concern.
He has since been axed from United’s first team and was not included in the team photo for this season, and now that Valdes knows his chances of forcing his way back into the Red Devils’ team is non-existent, he has to move on.
As per the Daily Star, Louis van Gaal’s side are ready to rip-up the goalkeeper’s contract, which runs out until the end of this season, and settle at an agreement so Valdes can leave Old Trafford.
The Star go on to say Valencia are now looking to give Valdes an escape route and will open talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in the hope of reaching an agreement. Sevilla have also been named as one of the clubs interested in the former Barcelona icon.
Valdes is an accomplished footballer, having won six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues amongst others.
United gave him the chance to recuperate fully from a knee injury which dented his chances of completing a proposed move to Monaco.
Valdes signed for the 20-time PL champions as back-up to compatriot David De Gea, but has gone on to make just two appearances for van Gaal’s side, coming on as a substitute in United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal last season and playing the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Hull City in the final game of the season.
Valencia currently have, as goalkeepers, Diego Alves and Mathew Ryan competing for the Number 1 spot in the team and the arrival of Valdes will ensure added competition for places.