Victor Valdes would have been happy to put a disastrous 12 months at Manchester United behind him. The goalkeeper had a nightmare at Old Trafford but may have just walked into another one at Standard Liege.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper fell out of favour under Louis van Gaal and was not only stripped of first-team duties but completely isolated from his team-mates. He was even made to train and even eat lunch on his own.
Needless to say, it would have come as some relief to seal a six-month loan move to the Belgian outfit. But things have gotten off on the wrong foot with one of his new team-mates.
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Their Togolese international, Mathieu Dossevi, has come out with some baffling quotes following Valdes' arrival, saying that he can't understand why he has been signed. Odd words, considering he is one the most high-profile signings in the club's history.
He believes that it was an unnecessary addition because their current goalkeeper, Guillaume Hubert, does not deserve to be dropped. That is an understandable opinion to have, but a strange one to air out in public.
Dossevi said, according to the Mirror: “Of course, Valdes is a great player. But I seriously wonder if we actually need him - and I don’t think so.
“We have a great goalkeeper in Guillaume Hubert. He is a fantastic keeper. Guillaume has been showing brilliant things in goal for our club and the players are all right behind him.
“I think that is normal. Only thanks to Guillaume we have the chance to qualify for the Belgium Cup final. So why on earth would we want to replace him?”
Worst luck ever
The Spanish international has had the worst luck imaginable since that infamous ACL tear in 2014. By that time, he had already decided to leave Barcelona and had signed a big pre-contract with Monaco.
Monaco tried their best to get out of the deal, seeing Valdes go from a fully-fledged international to a free agent in a matter of months. Manchester United offered him a reprieve, before, like Monaco, retracting it. Now, Standard Liege caps the latest in a series of unfortunate events. So why, oh, why did Dossevi kick this man while he's down? We don't want to know.