Victor Valdes’ agent: Keeper must leave Manchester United in January

by Sam Koster

Victor Valdes‘ agent believes the goalkeeper must leave Manchester United in January for the good of his career.

The 33-year-old has been frozen out of the first-team squad under Louis van Gaal having not made an appearance for the club since the final day of last season.

The former World Cup and Champions League winner was earlier this term criticised by van Gaal for failing to follow his philosophy, and it now looks like his time at the club is coming to an end.

“I am sure about this,” Valdes’ agent, Gines Carvajal, said.

“It is obvious he must leave in January, and we are looking to find a move that he likes. My personal opinion is it won’t be Spain, unless he says something different.”

While no player is bigger than the club it is sad to see what is quite obviously a talented keeper rot away in the reserves, especially someone who has represented his club and country at the highest level in the past.

It is probably best for all parties if Valdes moves on with his career as quickly as possible, but questions on van Gaal’s treatment of the player are likely to be asked from all angles including from some of his own squad, who were said to be upset over the way their teammate was treated during the fallout.

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