Thursday 24 May 2018

Valdes to end United exile with Liege loan

'Valdes joined United last January, but played just twice in the first team' Photo: PA Wire
'Valdes joined United last January, but played just twice in the first team' Photo: PA Wire newsdesk

Victor Valdes is to end his Manchester United exile with a loan move to Standard Liege which will take him to the end of an unfulfilled stay at Old Trafford.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper joined United as a free agent last January on an 18-month deal after proving his fitness following a major knee injury.

But Valdes, 34, played just twice in the first team and, following a falling-out with manager Louis van Gaal, will now join the 10-times Belgian champions on loan for the rest of the season, with United believed to be helping subsidise his wages.

Valdes was last night discussing terms in Manchester with a delegation from Liege, including former defender Daniel van Buyten who played under Van Gaal at Bayern Munich, after saying goodbye to his United colleagues.

Valdes's hard work was put in away from the United first team with the goalkeeper, three times a Champions League winner and six times a La Liga champion during his time at the No Camp, no longer permitted by Van Gaal to train with the senior squad after their disagreement last summer.

The Spain international, who missed the 2014 World Cup finals with the injury that marred the end of his near 15-year stay at Barcelona and cost him a potential move to Monaco, was ostracised by Van Gaal after the United manager, who used him in the final two Premier League games of last season, claimed he had refused to play in an U-21 fixture.

Valdes was left out of United's pre-season tour of the United States and, after a proposed move to Besiktas fell through, Van Gaal signed Argentina international Sergio Romero from Sampdoria in July, as well as blocking a loan move to Preston for Sam Johnstone. Romero played the first six games of the season before Real Madrid transfer target David de Gea committed himself to United by signing a new contract in September. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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