Victor Valdes is close to completing a move to Turkish club Antalyaspor after Louis van Gaal left the Spain international out of Manchester United’s squad for the 2015-16 Champions League campaign.
This is according to talkSPORT, who cite Turkish website Fanatik as claiming Valdes has agreed to join the newly-promoted club and will fly to Turkey today in order to complete the move.
The 33-year-old will link up with his former Barcelona teammate Samuel Eto’o, who joined the club earlier this summer after leaving Sampdoria.
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Valdes has endured a difficult summer following his high-profile bust-up with Van Gaal, who revealed the Spaniard was not part of the team’s pre-season tour of the United States after refusing to play in an Under-21 match last season.
The former Barça star, who won everything during his 12-year spell as the professional at the Camp Nou, then had his kit moved from the first-team dressing room to the Under-21 dressing room.
Valdes should not have signed for United
Van Gaal also bought a replacement for Valdes in the form of Sergio Romero, who made his Manchester United debut against Tottenham last weekend while the Spaniard watched on from the stands alongside David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard.
De Gea and Lindegaard were both wearing official club suits, but Valdes was not - another clear indication that Van Gaal wanted him sold as soon as possible.
Van Gaal and Valdes famously fell out for similar reasons back in 2002, during their time working together at Barcelona.
History has repeated itself 13 years later - but this time there appears to be no way back into Van Gaal’s good books for the ostracised Valdes.
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