Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has sensationally hit back at claims from Louis van Gaal that he refused to play for the reserve side last season.
“He doesn’t follow my philosophy. There is no place for someone like that,” he said.
“Last year, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United,” he added.
However, Valdes – who played several games for the under-21 side after completing his move to the Premier League side in January – has publicly criticised his manager’s comments by posting a photo which included stills from some of the games he played in, as well as a picture of the veteran stopper alongside his younger teammates.
— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) July 16, 2015
The public spat between the pair, as well as van Gaal’s praise for Valdes’ rival David de Gea (via BBC Sport), would suggest that there is no chance for the Spaniard to remain with the club. The Daily Star previously reported that his agent was in talks about a move to Valencia, and if there was any doubt about a move back to La Liga, it has probably evaporated based on recent events. Van Gaal will be hoping that his discarding of Valdes will act as a message to the rest of his squad…