Victor Valdes has confirmed he has no problem with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal despite being frozen out at United before sealing his loan move to Standard Liege.
Van Gaal left out the 34-year-old shot-stopper out of his plans during his stay at the club (especially during the pre-season tour of America in July), because of the goalkeepers refusal to play for the club’s reserve side.
The Spaniard goalkeeper was then forced to train on his own for a couple of months at the club’s Carrington training complex. And when the Belgian side Standard Liege came knocking in January, Valdes had no option but to sign for a loan move.
With his contract with the Red Devils set to expire in the summer, Valdes is still hopeful about his future with the Premier League giants.
On Thursday, Valdes refused to criticize Van Gaal.
“He discovered me at the age of 20,” Valdes told reporters in Liege. “After my injury he was the one who called me to come to United. You have to be grateful.”
“I am thankful to him and will never forget that. He gave me my first game after my injury.”
“It’s very simple. I had two options, stay in Manchester but not play or go to Standard and to enjoy my football, the fans and, above all, to get back to feeling like a footballer and to be able to train every day.
“I went for the second option. I’m very happy.”
The Red Devil’s Marouane Fellaini understands Standard Liege well, but Valdes declared that he actually talked to a Belgian club’s lesser-known former players before leaving United.
“I didn’t have time to talk to [Fellaini] because I left really quickly,” the 34-year-old said.
“We’ll contact each other to talk about the club and the city that he knows very well.
“On the other hand, I had a discussion with Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui, a young Manchester United keeper who came from Standard and who told me that it was a big club and that I’d feel good here. He wasn’t mistaken.”