Manchester United’s Spanish players are unhappy with Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Victor Valdes after the goalkeeper’s kit was removed from the club’s dressing room at the weekend.
Valdes, according to the Daily Mail, returned to the Aon Training Complex on Sunday to find that his kit had been moved to the Under-21’s dressing room.
Van Gaal wants Valdes, who was left out of United’s squad for the pre-season tour of the United States last month, sold as quickly as possible after the former Barcelona keeper allegedly refused to play in an Under-21 match last season.
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But Valdes’ teammates at Manchester United - namely the Spanish contingent - are upset with the way in which Van Gaal has handled the situation.
They are particularly unhappy with Van Gaal’s decision to remove Valdes’ kit from the first-team dressing room - a move they believe is disrespectful to the 33-year-old.
Valdes in limbo at United
Valdes has been at Old Trafford for less than a year but has already struck up several firm friendships in the squad. The likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and David de Gea have all become close friends with the out-of-favour back-up goalkeeper.
But they’ve been put in a difficult position by the breakdown in the relationship between the keeper and the unforgiving Van Gaal.
Valdes, meanwhile, finds himself in a state of limbo after Spanish club Valencia opted instead to sign the Australia international Matt Ryan last month.
Turkish side Antalyaspor and MLS outfit Seattle Sounders have shown interest in Valdes, but the experience pro will only leave Old Trafford if it suits him.
Valdes has defiantly published a couple of social media posts that suggest he is prepared to see out the final 12 months of his Manchester United contract - regardless of his differences with Van Gaal - unless he secures a lucrative deal with another top club.
Sergio Romero has replaced Valdes
United have already signed a replacement for Valdes; Argentina international Sergio Romero signed on a free transfer last week following his departure from Sampdoria earlier this summer.
But Romero could find himself immediately promoted to the role of Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper with De Gea’s future also up in the air.
There are rumours that Romero could start ahead of De Gea in this weekend’s Premier League opener against Tottenham, despite the fact the South American keeper hasn’t played a single minute for his new employers so far.
While De Gea is clearly the better goalkeeper, Van Gaal knows the Spain international might not be in the right frame of mind to play for the Red Devils with Real Madrid still keen to secure his services before the transfer window closes on September 1.
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