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Victor Valdes set to leave Manchester United

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Victor Valdes looks set to leave Manchester United after manager Louis van Gaal claimed the Spanish goalkeeper refused to play in the reserves last season, reports BBC Sport.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper signed for United in January of this year and was predominantly used as a back up to fellow countryman David de Gea. Due to De Gea's fine form, Valdes was not given his debut until the penultimate game of the season when he replaced De Gea due to injury suffered with just over 15 minutes to go in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Valdes went on to start for United on the last day of the season against Hull City, keeping a clean sheet in the process during a 0-0 draw.

Rumours began to come about that Valdes' future at the club was in doubt when he was left out of the squad that was to travel on the pre-season tour of America. The rumours of Valdes' potential departure were confirmed by Van Gaal in a press conference held in Seattle on Wednesday which was set up to present new signings Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmain.

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He's off

When asked about Valdes' future, Van Gaal said: "He is not selected because he doesn't follow our philosophy and there is no place for that one player.

"Philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm. For example, he refused last year to play in the second team.

"That is one aspect of our philosophy... but there are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy of how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United.

"When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way and that is out.

"It is a big disappointment. We thought that he would follow our philosophy. It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.

"If you do not play in the first team, our philosophy is to play in the second team and he did not do that."

Response

Since the press conference, Victor Valdes, who has been training at Manchester United's Carrington training complex in order to stay fit, has tweeted his response to what Van Gaal had to say.

The Spanish international simply tweeted: ".....? #respect", attaching four pictures that suggested he had in fact made himself available to play for the second team.

It looks set to be a bitter end for Valdes' career at Manchester United. He was tipped by many to replace De Gea as the club's number one goalkeeper if De Gea was to move to Real Madrid. However, now with it looking very likely that Valdes will be sold, the situation surrounding De Gea may not be as straight forward as first seemed.

Manchester United fans will be hoping the club can hold on to their two-time Player of the Year De Gea, and with Valdes looking set to leave the club, United fans have reason to be optimistic.

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Louis van Gaal
Manchester United
Victor Valdes
David de Gea
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