Victor Valdes has revealed that he is close to returning to full-fitnesses, meaning that he will be eligible to sign a contract with Manchester United if they want him to.
The former Barcelona star has been without a club since calling time on his Nou Camp career in the summer, with his recovery from a serious knee injury having prevented him from passing a medical and playing professional football once more.
Valdes at United
Over the past couple of weeks he’s been training with the United squad, and was snapped sitting next to Wayne Rooney to watch the Red Devils take on Chelsea at Old Trafford, prompting rumours that United is to be his next destination.
According to the Daily Mail the Spaniard is a target for Louis van Gaal, who believes the 32-year-old could be a valuable backup for David de Gea. So far this term the young shot stopper has been one of United’s standout performers, but the lack of competition could easily see him grow complacent in his position.
On the mend
In Valdes he would have an experienced ‘keeper breathing down his neck, and the Catalan hero’s most recent comments appear to confirm that a deal could be just around the corner.
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If Valdes is indeed purchased then it would surely spell the end for the career of current reserve option Anders Lindegaard, who is already believed to be uneasy with the lack of game-time he’s been afforded.
The 30-year-old Dane looks well behind De Gea in the pecking order and, though he is technically No.2, Van Gaal is sure to want someone better incase his first-choice gets injured.
In that respect Valdes would be an astute signing. During his years with Barcelona he became part of Pep Guardiola’s now famous all-conquering side, and he’s won virtually all there is to win in club football.
Of course other clubs are also interested in his situation however, with Liverpool amongst those having been hotly linked with him over the course of the summer months. Having trained at Carrington and been welcomed into Van Gaal’s fold one would assume the Red Devils would be given first refusal, though Valdes could opt to go elsewhere if it means he’ll be guaranteed to play more.