Victor Valdes's Manchester United nightmare is set to come to an end after the Spanish goalkeeper sent a "see you soon" message to the Old Trafford faithful via his Twitter account. The former Barcelona goalkeeper has been linked in recent times with a move to the Mexican league or Newcastle United, but reports in Belgium claim he is on the verge to move on loan to Standard Liege instead.
The 33-year-old signed a 18-month contract with the Premier League giants last January after his former manager at Barcelona, Louis van Gaal, handed him the chance to complete his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury at United's training ground. The Dutch boss handed him his first-team debut at the Nou Camp and the pair previously had a close relationship.
However the duo fell out after Valdes allegedly refused to play for the Red Devils' U21 side, with Van Gaal consequently leaving him out of the squad for the opening part of the season.
"Valdes is not selected [for the tour] because he doesn't follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm," Van Gaal said at the time, as quoted by Goal.com.
"He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United. When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out."
After failing to find a new club during the summer mercato Valdes has been training separate from his teammates, waiting for the January transfer window to make a move.
According to Derniere Heure, he has opted to continue his career at Standard Liege after the clubs have agreed a loan deal.