Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes faces further embarrassment from Louis van Gaal after the Dutch manager banned him from training with the rest of the first-team squad. The Spanish goalkeeper has been instructed that he can only train either before or after the first-team completes their regular training sessions at the Red Devils' Carrington training facility.
According to the Mirror, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach has ordered the player to train on his own under the guidance of coaches from United's youth setup, in order to keep him away from the senior team goalkeepers and players. The 33-year-old goalkeeper joined the 20-time English champions on a free-transfer from Barcelona in January, but made only two appearances at the end of the season, following an injury to first-choice 'keeper David de Gea. He has since had a falling out with the manager after he rejected a chance to play for the United U21 side, with Van Gaal making it clear that he does not have a future with the Old Trafford club.
The report claims that the Dutchman has not spoken to the Spanish international regarding his new arrangements, having left all discussions to the coaches and officials at the club. According to ESPN FC, the club are now willing to cancel the goalkeeper's contract to allow him to leave the club on a free-transfer, but will only do so if he agrees to move to a club outside the Premier League.
Chelsea and Liverpool have shown interest in signing the goalkeeper in recent weeks, and for this reason the Red Devils are adamant that they will only forfeit the existing contract, if the Spaniard moves to a club outside England. The Blues are looking for a stop-gap goalkeeper to help provide cover in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, who is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines following knee surgery. The Reds, on the other hand, are not too happy with Simon Mignolet, who looked unconvincing during their recent draw against Norwich City and this has prompted the club to look for a replacement.