Victor Valdes’ tumultuous spell at Manchester United is inching closer to an end. The former Barcelona goalkeeper arrived amidst huge expectations at Old Trafford last year, but he was soon pushed out of the Red Devils’ squad after he fell out of favor with manager Louis van Gaal.
After playing only two games during a year-long spell with the Red Devils, the 34-year-old is set to join Belgian club Standard Liege on a loan deal, according to the BBC.
Last summer, a deal to join Turkish side Besiktas fell through. The Spaniard would prefer to remain in the Premier League, but Newcastle failed to sign him earlier this month because van Gaal is keen for him to move abroad.
Valdes has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona and was part of the Spanish national teams that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.
The goalkeeper bid goodbye to Man Utd fans in an emotonal tweet today, and it left many Red Devils’ fans feeling sorry for him…
— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) January 21, 2016
@TotallyMUFC Valdes should go but I am sorry about the treatment he received. Was very unprofessional from United
— ®ogers™© (@rogers2romeo) January 21, 2016
Sorry that Victor Valdes did not have the best of times at OT but he knew what LVG was like and if he says play in game X he should have
— Keith (@TheMancunianRed) January 21, 2016
— R A V E N (@Ravendoz_) January 21, 2016
Poor Victor Valdes! Well, not ‘poor’ exactly, he’s on £240,000/month, but I feel sorry 4 him, being paid nearly £3mil/yr to sit on a bench.
— Andrew T (@Spudfish83) January 21, 2016
It’s great to see the Valdes saga ended at last, very sorry that he had a hell of time at United but good luck to him then…
— Alëx / 南の島アレックス (@alex_c014) January 21, 2016
Feel sorry for Valdes, the way he was treated by LVG and the club makes me embarrassed to say I’m a united fan. #mufc
— United Religion (@theholyjuan_) January 21, 2016
Thank you Valdes, sorry for the pathetic treatment by LvG. He destroys everyone of us, basically. Good luck at Standard Liege!
— Manasi. (@ThatUnitedLady) January 21, 2016
I feel so sorry for Valdes with the whole United debacle, it’s basically put his career back a couple of years. He needs first team football
— Nick (@NickSonOfNeil) January 21, 2016
Absolute joke that Valdes will be playing in the Belgium league, feel so sorry for him
— Daniel (@d_Fezzy) January 21, 2016
Really feel sorry for victor valdes & how he was treated. If he had bad attitude, yes drop him,but not ruin a year of his career. @ManUtd
— Nicky Dee (@NickyDeeVlt) January 21, 2016