David de Gea has hinted that Manchester United have already signed Victor Valdes but insists the former Barcelona man in not being brought in to replace him.
Valdes, 32, has been training at Carrington with Louis van Gaal's squad as he continues to recover from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last season. It was believed the Red Devils boss would award the free agent a short term contract once he regains full fitness.
Meanwhile, De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid after impressing for the Old Trafford outfit so far this season. The Spain international is stalling over a new contract and has just over 18 months to run on his current deal.
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Real Madrid are looking for a long-term replacement to Iker Casillas and have been linked with a £20 million bid as well as a potential swap deal involving Gareth Bale. With Valdes set to arrive at Old Trafford, De Gea's compatriot could be in line for the number one shirt next season.
However, De Gea has insisted that Valdes in not being brought in by Van Gaal as his replacement. Most interestingly, De Gea hints that Valdes has already signed a deal with Manchester United.
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"Victor had a difficult injury, he had a bad time and the boss knows him well and has given him the opportunity to recover there.
"Yes, Victor is training over in Manchester, he's still not 100 percent after his injury. When he is fully fit he will start to train with us. He's still not training in goal with us. From time to time he comes out with the goalkeeping coach but very little still.
"Van Gaal knows him well because he gave Victor his debut at Barca and has a special affection for him and whenever possible we have to help where we can.
"Football is cruel at times, it's difficult. When things go well you're very good and when they go badly, well it's awful."