Manchester United confident Victor Valdes will sign

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Manchester United officials believe Victor Valdes will sign a deal with the club once he fully recovers from his knee injury, reports Sport.

The Catalan newspaper claims a source from within Old Trafford has confirmed that Valdes is ready to agree a contract despite David de Gea's presence in the team. De Gea would be the obvious first choice for Louis van Gaal after thoroughly impressing so far this season.

Should Manchester United reach their target of finishing in the Premier League top four, Valdes will be promised more game time next season as the Red Devils look to challenge on all fronts.

Injury blow

Valdes, 32, has been trying to regain his full fitness since suffering a serious knee injury towards the end of the season at Barcelona. He had already decided to leave the club in the summer and had agreed a pre-contract with AS Monaco.

However, as a result of the injury, Monaco chose to break off their agreement, reported to be worth £150,000-a-week to Valdes. After Liverpool considered a contract offer, Van Gaal gave him the chance to complete his rehabilitation at Carrington.

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The same report states that Valdes is nearing a return to full fitness but he won't be available to play until mid-January. Van Gaal is likely to wait for Valdes to be available for selection before he offers him a deal.

Contingency plan

Not only will Valdes be a good backup for De Gea, but Manchester United are keen to have reassurances should their first choice goalkeeper choose not to sign a new contract.

De Gea has just over 18 months remaining on his current deal and looks no close to signing an extension despite being offered a massive £120,000-a-week. Meanwhile, Real Madrid's interest grows stronger with every impressive performance.

While Valdes is no spring chicken, at 32-years-old he is more than capable of cutting out a good career at Old Trafford. To put it into context, Edwin van der Saar was 33-years-old when he joined Manchester United from Fulham in 2005, going on to make 186 appearances for the club.

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