Victor Valdes has sent Manchester United a message through his Twitter account thanking them for the support during times of uncertainty for the goalie after he failed to find a new club during the summer transfer window. Having being exiled by Louis van Gaal since the end of last season, the former Barcelona custodian agreed terms with Besiktas just days before the window was due to close, but the Turkish outfit backed out at the last minute, leaving him in limbo.
Even though the former Spain international signed an 18-month contract at Old Trafford in January, the Dutch gaffer has made it clear that Valdes forms no part of his plans due to a refusal to play with the Under-21 side last season.
"Valdes is not selected because he doesn't follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm," Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Goal.
"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."
Valdes, however, has suggested that he is ready to stay at Old Trafford, posting a picture of the Manchester United crest as his Facebook cover photo. Transfer deadline day rumours linking him to either Watford or Marseille came to nothing.
But after David de Gea's move to Real Madrid collapsed due to paperwork issues, Van Gaal reiterated his desire to keep Valdes in exile, banishing him from the Champions League squad. De Gea made the cut alongside Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone.
The Daily Mail reports that Valdes has tried to build bridges with LVG but the manager refused, leaving the goalie in transfer purgatory until the window reopens in January. However, Valdes has promised fans he will keep working hard and thanked them for their words of support.
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