Goalkeeper Victor Valdes didn’t reject any transfer move to Liverpool due to refraining from a trial proposal at Anfield, the player’s agent has said.
After 387 appearances from 2002-2014 with Barcelona, Valdes, 32, didn’t renew his contract with Barca. In March 2014, he tore his ACL in a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, and that injury facilitated the final stretch of his long career at the La Liga club.
This summer, the free agent goalie has been strongly linked to Liverpool, the chief club attempting to gain his signature, and this speculation led to the belief that Reds’ goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was in jeopardy of losing his spot.
The Express then reported earlier today that Valdes declined a trial run with the Premier League squad, thus ending the pursuit of the Spaniard.
However, Valdes’ agent, Gines Carvajal, called out this report as incorrect, saying to Sport, “Liverpool didn’t ask us to train for four days. We haven’t rejected it because it [the story] is false. Neither Brendan Rodgers nor Liverpool have ever made us this proposal, at any time.”
At this point in time, Liverpool likely won’t try to rush any deal with Valdes, but if they were to take the netminder on trial, the likelihood of his signing would be more imminent. Because in the end, it’s his serious injury that drew a major red flag for Barca. He can still serve as an effective starter between the pipes.