Sevilla president Pepe Castro has ruled out the signing of Victor Valdes despite recent reports in Spain suggesting the Europa League holders were thinking about signing the Manchester United outcast during the January transfer window. The future of the former Barcelona 'keeper has been in limbo after manager Louis van Gaal opted to leave him out of his plans earlier in the summer due to his reported refusal to play with the Under-21 side during the 2014-15 season.
Valdes was close to a move to Besiktas but the deal collapsed in the final days of the transfer window after the Turkish outfit opted to changes the terms of the deal. The Daily Mail recently reported that United were ready to end the situation by terminating the player's contract – but only if he agreed to leave the Premier League, after he was linked with Liverpool and Chelsea.
Catalan-based newspaper Sport reported that Sevilla were considering a move for him after 'keepers Sergio Rico and Beto had a poor start to the season. But now the club president has claimed they have no intention of bolstering the position with the ex-Barcelona legend as they have full confidence in Rico.
"Valdes is not an option for us. We have no intentions to sign a goalkeeper. We already have three or four players for that position and Sergio Rico is the one closest to fill it for many years," Castro said as quoted by Estadio Deportivo. "If we have good goalkeepers at home, we are not going to go find another one somewhere else."
Rico, 22, is considered one of the most promising goalkeepers to emerge from the Spanish academy and is currently the third choice for Vicente del Bosque in the national team squad, behind Iker Casillas and David de Gea.