Valdes will join up with United’s first-team squad next week to help his rehabilitation from injury and although the 32-year-old is a free agent, Van Gaal has explained how his arrangement with Valdes is not something new.
“For me it’s not a surprise because I have done it already with a lot of players,” he said.
“I have a relationship with a lot of players. I gave Ronald de Boer or Edgar Davids rehabilitation possibility or training possibility when they needed that, so he is one of these players.
“Robin van Persie, when he played for me in the Dutch squad last year, I allowed him to come to our medical department to get him fit for the World Cup. It’s the same. I wasn’t the manager of United at the time. So I have always done that, and not only with big players but ones you’ve never heard of.”
When further questioned on the possibility of signing Valdes permanently after his rehabilitation period, Van Gaal calmly replied: “Manchester United always has their eyes open.”
By the sounds of it, Van Gaal has no intention of giving Valdes a permanent contract from the outset but if he were to impress during his period training with the first-team, it’s not outside the realms of possibility the Spaniard could join United as a free agent.