Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be sold after manager Louis van Gaal claimed he “refused to play” in the reserves. The 33-year-old Spain international was a surprise omission from the pre-season squad currently touring the US.
“He doesn’t follow my philosophy. There is no place for some like that,” said Van Gaal of his January signing. When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out. It is a big disappointment. It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.”
Six-times La Liga winner Valdes joined the club as De Gea’s back-up, after the former Barcelona number one recovered from major knee surgery.