Victor Valdes was back training with Manchester United on Monday despite reports over the weekend that the former Barcelona goalkeeper had severed ties with the Premier League club.
Louis van Gaal gave his senior stars Sunday off as reward for their impressive display in the 3-0 victory over Hull City the previous day, but ordered them to return to Carrington today ahead of Tuesday's clash against Stoke City at Old Trafford.
And, according to the Daily Mail, the Spanish stopper was among the group of players spotted practising with the Red Devils after travelling back from a weekend visit home to Barcelona.
Van Gaal offered Valdes the chance to train with Manchester United back in October as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee ligament injury he suffered at Camp Nou in March this year.
It has been suggested that the 32-year-old could in fact sign a permanent deal with Manchester United, with doubts surrounding the long-term future of current back-up keeper Anders Lindegaard.
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The three-time Champions League winner would provide invaluable experience to the Dutch coach's squad as understudy to David De Gea at Old Trafford, providing Valdes would be willing to settle for a bit-part role behind his compatriot.
But, it was recently assumed that negotiations had reached an impasse, especially when Valdes was spotted back in his homeland over the weekend. However, it looks as though those doubts were premature, following the veteran custodian's surprise return to England ahead of a busy set of fixtures in the lead-up to Christmas.
As Valdes is currently a free agent there is no need for Manchester United to wait until January to get the deal confirmed, they would just need to register the Spaniard with the Premier League once an agreement has been reached.
Van Gaal is believed to be open-minded about signing the world-class star, providing he can prove his fitness to the Red Devils boss following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.