Spain national team boss Vicente del Bosque has revealed he though about giving Victor Valdes a shock recall.
The Spaniard remained at the Red Devils past the deadline and took to Twitter today to post a thank you message to supporters, despite being left-out of the clubs Champions League squad.
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Louis van Gaal was left furious with the former Barcelona player after he apparently refused to play for the under-21s last season, a claim the goalkeeper refutes.
There appears to be no chance of the two mending their broken relationship, despite the keeper saying he was open to the suggestion.
The Spaniard is fourth choice at Man United at the moment and will probably never play for the Red Devils again, but that did not stop the Spain manager considering him for selection.
As per AS, Del Bosque told La Sexta: "We were very close to calling Victor Valdes, he has always done well for the national team.
"I know that the national team is not a charity but maybe he needed a lift and in the end we didn't give it to him -- maybe we have even been cowards. I think we are all people and we have to have feelings."
Having enjoyed unrivalled success at Barcelona, Valdes has only played two competitive games since leaving the club in the summer of 2014.
With De Gea close to leaving the Red Devils this summer and missing the first four league games, it would have been a perfect opportunity for the Spaniard to stake his claim as number one.
But due to the stubbornness of, well, both Valdes and Van Gaal, it appears a goalkeeper who has 15 major honour for club and country will have to be content with playing and training with youngsters.