Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has insisted that Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is one of the best he has ever seen.
As reported by Sky Sports, Mascherano, who has been speaking ahead of this weekend's Champions League final, has insisted that the club's former 'keeper is right up there with the very best.
Valdes, of course, departed Barcelona at the end of the 2013/14 campaign after a lengthy spell out on the sidelines which saw him undergo surgery on his knee.
After spending several months out on the sidelines, however, the Spanish international moved to England to link up with former manager Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, where he made his debut for the club at the back end of last season.
And, according to Mascherano, the Red Devils have a top goalkeeper at their disposal. When speaking about the United shot-stopper, the Argentine ace stated: "He is one of the best goalkeepers I have seen, and I have played with him."
Clearly, then, Valdes made a huge impression on the Barcelona man during their time together at the Nou Camp, with the United man in fact making Mascherano's ultimate six-a-side team.
As well as Valdes, the ex-Liverpool man selected the quintet of Carles Puyol, Xavi, Claude Makelele, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo (the Brazilian one), in a star-studded line-up.
Valdes will no doubt be watching this weekend as his former teammates go about securing the treble as they play Italian champions Juventus at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, while he may well have one eye on the saga involving current teammate David de Gea.
De Gea's long-term future at Old Trafford is in serious doubt with Real Madrid seemingly interested in landing him sooner rather than later, meaning Valdes could yet take up the No.1 position at the Theatre of Dreams in 2015/16.
Valdes for No.1
There's no doubt about it, if De Gea departs for the Spanish capital, then Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal should hand Valdes the opportunity to prove his credentials between the sticks.
At 32-years of age, the Spaniard still has a great deal to give the game, and would only excel at United over the coming years. There's no point the club entering the market for a new goalkeeper, when the established Valdes is already in the ranks.
The cash made from the possible sale of De Gea should go on improving the rest of the squad, as the United boss goes about bringing a balance to his side, in hope that they maintain a challenge for the Premier League title next term.
Manchester United fans: Who do you think will be your club's No.1 'keeper next season? Have your say in the comments section below!
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