Manchester United are set to confirm the departure of Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes to Turkish outfit Besiktas in less than 48 hours time.
This is according to David McDonnell of the Mirror, who understands United have decided against demanding a fee for the 33-year-old who still has 10 months left to run on his Old Trafford contract.
Valdes is poised to sign a two-year deal with Besiktas, bringing an end to his ill-fated eight-month spell with the Red Devils.
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The former Barcelona star was in contention to succeed David de Gea as first-choice goalkeeper at Old Trafford until he allegedly refused to play for Manchester United in an Under-21 match last season.
The infuriated Louis van Gaal still agreed to play Valdes towards the back-end of last season after De Gea suffered an injury - in the hope it would increase United’s chances of finding a buyer - but exacted his revenge after the 2014-15 campaign finished.
Van Gaal exacts revenge on Valdes
The Dutch coach, who previously fell out with Valdes while managing Barcelona in 2002 for similar reasons, omitted the Spaniard from United’s squad for the pre-season tour of the USA.
He then signed Argentina international Sergio Romero as a direct replacement for Valdes, whose kit was moved from the first-team dressing room to the Under-21’s.
Van Gaal blasted Valdes in public
Van Gaal publicly blasted Valdes during pre-season, telling reporters, according to Goal: “Valdes is not selected [for the tour] because he doesn't follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm,” said Van Gaal.
"He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United.
"When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out.
"For us this is a big disappointment. We thought he would follow our philosophy.
"It's a pity because we have given the opportunity to rehabilitate. Then we gave a contract. Then of course he is fit to play. When you're not playing in the first selection, you have to play in the second selection."
Valdes, who hasn’t been a first-team regular anywhere since he left Barcelona in the summer of 2014, will now have the chance to get his career back on track in Turkey.
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