Victor Valdes' agent Gines Carvajal has confirmed the keeper is ready to put his Old Trafford nightmare behind him and leave Manchester United in January. The 33-year-old veteran has been linked with clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Valencia and Sevilla in recent weeks, but Carvajal believes a return to La Liga is not an option.
The Barcelona legend signed a 18-month contract at Old Trafford last January after Louis van Gaal handed him the chance to complete his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury at United's training ground – having previously built a strong relationship with the keeper at the Nou Camp.
However, an incident last season where Valdes allegedly refused to play for the Red Devils' under-21 side caused a breakdown in relations. "Valdes was not selected [for the pre-season 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, as quoted by Goal. "He refused last year to play in the second team."
Valdes was believed to be close to a move to Turkish outfit Besiktas in the final days of the last transfer window, but after the deal collapsed he has found himself in purgatory at Old Trafford, with no squad number and not even a place in the club official photograph.
His agent has now said that the nightmare will be over in the next transfer window.
"I'm sure [he will leave the club in January], I'm ready for it. It's clear he has to leave and we'll try to make sure he's happy and feels comfortable," Carvajal said, as quoted by AS.
The agent, meanwhile, admitted that Valdes was approached by Valencia during the summer but said the keeper is unlikely to return to his homeland.
"In my personal opinion he won't come to Spain, unless he says something different. He had the chance to join Valencia but having played for Barcelona it is complicated."
Chelsea were recently linked with the player's services following the injury of Thibaut Courtois, but eventually signed Italian veteran Marco Amelia. Meanwhile, Newcastle have emerged in recent days as another potential destiny for the keeper following Tim Krul's serious injury.