Manchester United’s wantaway goalkeeper Victor Valdes must adhere to one specific condition if he is to be released from his current contract.
The ex-Barcelona goalkeeper has fallen out of favour with his manager Louis van Gaal and being snubbed for the official first team photo this week has gone further to the assumption that Valdes won’t be sticking around for too much longer.
The 33-year-old has notched up just two Premier League appearances since joining the Old Trafford club in what has been one of the single greatest falls from grace for a goalkeeper of his calibre, having played 530 times for Barca in the past.
If he wants to end his nightmare of a stint in Manchester and be released from his contract however, he will not be allowed to join a Premier League rival, the Mirror report today.
With Sergio Romero proving that he can at least do a job in goal for United with his early-season performances and David de Gea failing to move to Real Madrid, but putting in some quality displays so far, United have a solid contingent of stoppers to choose from, even without Valdes.
Should the Spain international move on, United still have English youngster Sam Johnstone to call upon too, so a replacement in January may not be necessary.
For the club and for the player, surely a termination of Valdes’ contract is the most sensible course of action, even if it means calling an end to the goalkeeper’s time in England’s top flight.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena