Unwanted Valdes has swipe back at Van Gaal
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has hit back at manager Louis van Gaal's decision to sell him because he "refused to play" in the reserves last season.
The former Barcelona stalwart, who was in line to take over the No 1 slot from David de Gea if he moves to Real Madrid, tweeted: ".....? £respect", along with four photos.
Three referenced U-21 matches he played for United against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham last season, while the fourth was a photo of him alongside U-21 team-mates in the dressing-room.
Van Gaal had said: "Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United. When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way, and that is out."
Van Gaal also did little to play down reports that £59.7m midfielder Angel di Maria, who had been linked to Paris Saint-Germain, wants to leave.
"We shall see," he said when asked whether Di Maria would stay. "In football, it is a process. It's a process for Di Maria and Man United."
Elsewhere, £5m-rated Spurs defender Younes Kaboul (29) is having a medical at Sunderland seven years after his agent, Rudy Raba, said of a previous mooted move: "Younes wouldn't join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake."
Middlesbrough's attempts to get into the Premier League after losing last season's Championship play-off final are gathering steam. Yesterday, former England winger Stewart Downing (30) rejoined them from West Ham in a deal worth £5m that could rise to £7m.
They have also agreed a £2.8m fee with Espanyol for Uruguay striker Christian Stuani (28). (© Independent News Service)