Victor Valdes has dropped a big hint that he plans to stay with Manchester United despite being left out of Louis van Gaal’s 26-man squad for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
The Spanish goalkeeper was surprisingly omitted by Van Gaal on Monday, fuelling speculation that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford.
Turkish side Antalyaspor have been linked with Valdes in recent days, while the goalkeeper’s agent has reportedly offered his star client to Real Madrid. It’s understood that Valencia are also monitoring the 33-year-old’s situation after Diego Alves suffered an injury.
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But on Tuesday lunchtime Valdes posted a picture of himself smiling, giving the thumbs-up, and hinting that he plans to stay put with the Red Devils.
“After a Hard Training Session this morning, i am working hard for this Season!” Valdes wrote. “Come on You Reds!!!”
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This will come as a surprise to Manchester United fans, who must have presumed Valdes was on his way out of Old Trafford after being snubbed for the pre-season tour squad along with the likes of Rafael and Robin van Persie.
It’s beginning to look possible that David de Gea will spend one final season with Manchester United before joining Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer instead - the Red Devils are digging in their heels over negotiations - and this would mean another campaign on the bench for Valdes.
Valdes still likely to leave United
The former Barcelona goalkeeper had his first taste of first-team football for over a year at the end of last season following an injury to De Gea and must have assumed he would be promoted following his teammate’s expected departure this summer.
But if De Gea stays, Valdes has a big decision to make. He may have already informed Van Gaal that he has no plans to play second-fiddle to De Gea for another season.
Van Gaal has only taken players to America who he believes will be of use to him next season - so Valdes’ future as a Manchester United player is still in major doubt.
But the tweet - and the timing of it - is certainly interesting for fans.
Will Victor Valdes end up staying with Manchester United? Why was he left out of Louis van Gaal’s pre-season tour squad? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!