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Furious Louis van Gaal to show Victor Valdes the door and casts doubt over Angel Di Maria future

Mark Ogden

Published 16/07/2015 | 07:19

Victor Valdes is set to leave Manchester United
Victor Valdes is set to leave Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has told Victor Valdes he has no future at Manchester United after accusing the former Barcelona goalkeeper of refusing to play for the club’s reserve team.

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Valdes, who signed an 18-month contract at Old Trafford in January, has been omitted from the United squad for the club’s four-game tour of the United States by Van Gaal, despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of first-choice keeper David de Gea.

But speaking in Seattle ahead of Friday’s friendly against Club America, Van Gaal insisted that Valdes would now be sold, with Valencia and Turkish club Antalyaspor both interested in the 33-year-old, as a result of his refusal to turn out for United’s second team last season.

“He [Valdes] is not selected for the tour because he does not follow our philosophy,” Van Gaal said. “When that is the case, there is not a place for a player and yes [he will be sold].

“It is about match rhythm and last year, he refused to play in the second team.

 “There are other aspects you need as a keeper at United and, when you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out.”

Van Gaal handed Valdes a contract last season after allowing the Spaniard to undergo his rehabilitation at United following a cruciate ligament injury suffered at Barcelona in March 2014.

The injury scuppered Valdes’s prospects of a move to Monaco and, having handed him the chance to resurrect his career at Old Trafford, Van Gaal, who played Valdes in the Premier League at Hull on the final day of last season ‘to help him find a club’, admits he feels let down by the player.

 “It is a big disappointment,” Van Gaal said. “We thought that he would follow our philosophy.

“It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.

“But if you do not play in the first team, our philosophy is that you play in the second team and he did not do that.

“I only played him at Hull because I wanted to help him show his qualities to another club. I am always a very social human being.”

With Valdes set to leave and uncertainty continuing to surround the future of Real Madrid target David de Gea, Van Gaal admits he may be forced to sign a new keeper.

But he admits much depends on whether De Gea stays or leaves the club.

“Maybe you are right [that we need another keeper], but I can’t tell that in this moment,” Van Gaal said. “Or maybe not.

“It is dependent on David de Gea. Shall he stay? He is training here and doing his utmost best.”

Van Gaal, meanwhile, insisted that his decision to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce was taken at the end of last season following the club’s annual golf day in May.

“Every decision is difficult,” Van Gaal said. “To sign players and to let them go.

“But I have already had that conversation with Robin at the end of the season, so he knew already what was coming.

“I told him in a conversation with him and we have to keep it like that.

“But he knew that from the day we played golf, we spoke about the prospects of him at United.

“I think he did a very good choice [by signing for Fenerbahce]. When I was national coach with Holland, I watched Fenerbahce a lot because of Dirk Kuyt and I was always received in a very warm way."

“I think Robin will like it there and I wish him all the best and I have also texted that to him.”

Van Gaal has admitted that he is still not certain as to whether £59.7m record signing Angel di Maria will remain at United following his difficult first season at the club.

But he revealed that the Argentine will join up with United in the States in order to boost his fitness ahead of the new season.

“We shall see about Di Maria because in football, it is a process,” Van Gaal said. “It is not clear in one day.

“It is a process for Di Maria and it is a process for United. But I count on him because he is a member of United and he said he shall come out here on the 25th of July.”

Paris Saint-Germain are determined to sign Di Maria, with the French champions ready to pay £45m for the 27-year-old.

Manchester City investigated the prospect of signing Di Maria prior to the £49m capture of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool.

However, City did not pursue their interest due to concerns that Di Maria and his wife were unsettled in Manchester.

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