Free agent Victor Valdes has landed at Manchester United.
Right now, just to continue his rehabilitation and then train with the first team, but nonetheless it has caused quite a stir concerning David De Gea’s future with the Red Devils.
[RELATED: What now for Liverpool?]
Valdes, 32, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last March and was released by Barcelona at the end of last season, Louis van Gaal’s former club. LVG has now offered to help Valdes with his recovery and said the following about the situation:
“This is chance to complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury and to work his way back to fitness with the club … before training with the first team.”
Valdes played for van Gaal at Barcelona and there’s no doubting the Spaniard’s ability with UEFA Champions League, La Liga and many other winning medals in his possession. This training stint, trial, whatever you want to call it, may simply be a friendly agreement between van Gaal and one of his former players.
However, the majority of United’s fans aren’t seeing it like this as Spanish international De Gea has been linked with his hometown club Real Madrid in recent weeks as the reigning European champions look set to offload Iker Casillas in the near future.
De Gea, 23, arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has had plenty of problems over the last few seasons. Yet this campaign he has produced several top displays, most notably against Everton, and usurped Casillas as Spain’s starter in recent matches.
Despite De Gea recently Tweeting about his United’s fans are piecing things together and wondering why Valdes would be around if De Gea’s future remains with the Red Devils… It’s all very cryptic as De Gea is finally reaching his potential, but then Barca’s former long-term ‘keeper turns ups for “rehab” and to “train with the first team” when he’s fit.