De Gea’s incredible and consistent form has made him a front runner for the Premier League Player of the Year award and deservedly so because his individual performances have earned so many points for Man United this season.
Valdes has had to wait patiently on the bench or with United’s U21s but despite watching on from the sidelines, Valdes appreciates the situation he is in and will continue working hard for his opportunity.
“You are always waiting for your opportunity to play and train every day to show your performance to the manager,” Valdes told United Uncovered.
“But now David is in a very, very high performance level. I think he is the most important goalkeeper in the world in this moment. So it is difficult to play and, of course, I must accept this.”
Instead of focusing on the negatives of not having first-team football, Valdes was full of praise for De Gea and went as far as to call United’s no.1 the world’s best goalkeeper.
He added: “For me, the top [keeper] now is David. I see him every day in training. I watch him every game, every week, and his performances right now are amazing. Every week, he makes saves to help the team so I am very happy for him and also for the fans.
“I always hear them sing the song of David De Gea, so I think they are very happy with David for the level of performance he has shown in the last few years. I feel the fans are definitely very happy with the job he is doing.”
De Gea is without doubt one of the world’s best goalkeepers. His form and consistency have been startlingly good to the point where not many, if any, come near him in current form but his future at the club is a big worry.
Having Valdes as a back-up goalkeeper isn’t at all bad but it will be interesting to see what develops over the summer because the ex-Barcelona goalkeeper is too good to simply be warming the bench. However, there are only two solutions to that problems – Valdes or De Gea leaving – one of which United fans certainly don’t want to happen.
De Gea leaving the club would be a huge blow but you the cynical fan immediately saw Valdes’ signing as a prelude to that very thing happening.