Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes has sent a new message ahead of his expected January move away from Old Trafford, saying he is "fighting to be free" of his current situation. The former Barcelona shotstopper is training on his own after having been exiled by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal since the summer.
The 33-year-old keeper signed a 18-month contract at Old Trafford last January after completing his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury at the Carrington training ground – having previously enjoyed a strong relationship with the Dutch manager during their time together at Barcelona.
However, Van Gaal has since shunned the keeper after an alleged refusal to play for Manchester United's under-21 side. Valdes has been urged to find a new club but, after an expected move to Besiktas collapsed in the final days of the transfer window, he was forced to remain at the Premier League outfit and train apart from the rest of the squad.
His agent, Gines Carvajal, recently claimed Valdes was ready to move to a new club in the Premier League during the January transfer window – although United will have the final word as he is under contract until the end of the season.
"We will try to turn the situation around [in January]. It is logical and is what he wants," Carvajal said to Spanish radio station 4g. "Nothing is clear at this moment because there are still two months [to the transfer window]. The Premier League is attractive, he has adapted there so possibly he is going to stay in the Premier League, but I don't close doors anywhere. Although we depend on Manchester United to let him to go."
Valdes has now posted a message on his Instagram account where he expresses his hopes of putting an end to his Old Trafford nightmare.
"Not wanting to disappoint me those who want to see me playing again is the only motivation pushing me to continue working. I fight to be free and to enjoy my profession again," he wrote on his social media site account attached to a picture of the goalkeeper's hand. He added: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."