Louis van Gaal has apparently upset the Spanish contingent at Manchester United with his mistreatment of goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The Red Devils manager has put the 33-year-old on the transfer list after accusing him of refusing to play for the club’s reserve side, a claim strongly refuted by Valdes.
But Van Gaal made it clear that Valdes is no longer part of his first-team squad by having his kit moved to the Under-21s dressing room area on Monday, according to the Daily Mail.
This is said to have disappointed Valdes’s compatriots Ander Herrera, David de Gea and Juan Mata, who view the former Barcelona stopper and World Cup winner as a legend of the Spanish game.
Valdes is reportedly keen to stay at Old Trafford after only signing as a free agent in January 2015. He made two Premier League appearances for the club towards the end of last term.
But Van Gaal has publicly stated his intention to sell the 20-times capped international, telling reporters: “He doesn’t follow my philosophy. There is no place for someone like that.”
Valdes is now third choice in the United goalkeeping ranks following the arrival of Argentina’s Sergio Romero, although De Gea may yet leave for Real Madrid before the transfer deadline.
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