Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes won’t be joining Manchester United according to Spanish outlet Cat Radio.
Valdes, who was released by Barcelona in the summer had been training with United’s first team as part of his recovery from a serious injury but it now appears the 32-year old won’t be signing a contract with the club.
Rumours began in the summer that Louis van Gaal was looking for a new number two once Anders Lindegaard was offloaded and had a move for Kenneth Vermeer turned down on deadline day.
Stories persist that Lindegaard will once again try to leave in January and Valdes would have been the perfect replacement and back-up to David De Gea.
The most reliable source in Spain [Cat Radio] report that Victor Valdés will not stay at Manchester United.
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) November 28, 2014
With an ever-growing quote of Spanish speakers at Old Trafford, Valdes would have felt immediately at home and would have given United won of the strongest goalkeeper combinations in the Premier League.
There has been no reason given for Valdes returning to Spain and there has been no official response from the club but Cat Radio have a reputation for being reliable with their news, so at this stage it would appear Valdes in no longer on United’s radar.
Van Gaal has most recently been linked with a move Molde’s young sensation Orjan Nyland with Lindegaard potentially moving back to Scandinavia as part of the deal.