Victor Valdes’ tumultuous spell with Manchester United looks set to come to an end imminently, with reports emerging that the goalkeeper has agreed to join Turkish club Besiktas.
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Besiktas Strike Valdes Deal
Wednesday, August 26
Sky Sports News HQ posted on their Twitter feed that an agreement had been struck between the two parties.
Valdes signed for United on a free transfer midway through the 2014-15 term with a big reputation attached. The Spanish international was the man between the sticks as Pep Guardiola’s iconic Barcelona team swept all before them, and as such, the ex-Blaugrana star was expected to challenge David De Gea for the No. 1 jersey at Old Trafford.
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But despite making a couple of Premier League appearances at the end of last term, it became apparent this summer Valdes had no future with the Red Devils. As noted by Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, manager Louis van Gaal accused the goalkeeper of refusing to play for the reserve team, a claim which was subsequently refuted by Valdes.
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Valdes would be better off playing at Besiktas rather than sitting on the bench at Old Trafford.
A move has seemed inevitable as a result, and the 33-year-old now looks set to be the latest high-profile Manchester United player to trade the Premier League for the Turkish Super Lig. Robin van Persie and Nani both left Old Trafford for Fenerbahce earlier in the transfer window.
For Valdes, it’ll be a chance to get some first-team football under his belt; the veteran stopper has not played regular football since an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in March 2014. So while things may not have worked out well for the goalkeeper at Old Trafford, for his own performance levels, this transfer could well come as a blessing in disguise.