Victor Valdes has thanked fans for their support on Twitter, hours after missing Manchester United’s latest training session.
The Spanish goalkeeper, according to the Mirror, was not involved in training on Wednesday having being frozen out by Louis van Gaal.
The angered Van Gaal wants Valdes sold as soon as possible after the former Barcelona goalkeeper allegedly refused to play in a Manchester United Under-21 game last season.
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Valdes returned to the Aon Training complex on Sunday to discover his kit had been moved to the Under-21’s dressing room - another message from Van Gaal that he isn’t wanted at Old Trafford.
But Valdes, in public at least, is putting on a brave face. Last week he tweeted that he was feeling positive following a training session - despite the fact the rest of his teammates were in the United States - while on Wednesday he thanked fans for their continued support.
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Valdes' latest tweet
“Thank you all for your messages of support and encouragement,” Valdes tweeted. “I appreciate it!”
United fans split over Valdes
Some United fans replied with additional messages of support, while others appear to have taken Van Gaal’s side.
Valdes also received messages of support from Barcelona fans, who are sad - but perhaps not overly surprised after what happened in 2002 - to see their former goalkeeper suffering at Old Trafford under Van Gaal.
United players unhappy with Valdes treatment
It was reported this week that Manchester United’s Spanish-speaking contingent are also unhappy with the way Van Gaal has treated Valdes this summer.
The Daily Mail claim they regard Van Gaal’s decision to move Valdes’ kit to the Under-21 dressing room as disrespectful to the 33-year-old who has won everything in the game.
Van Gaal has already replaced Valdes by signing Argentina international Sergio Romero, who is likely to be on the bench for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Tottenham.
David de Gea is set to get the nod against Spurs this weekend, despite the fact the Spaniard is keen to join Real Madrid before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Little interest in Valdes from top clubs
Valdes signed an 18-month contract with the Red Devils in January, perhaps hoping that he could cement his status as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper if De Gea left the club.
He made two appearances for United at the end of last season, after De Gea sustained an injury, but Van Gaal said the Spaniard only played because he wanted to put him in the shop window.
But there is little interest from top clubs in Valdes as things stand. Valencia were keen but opted instead to sign the Australia international Matt Ryan.
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