Reports have suggested that Manchester United’s invitation to Victor Valdes to train with the side as he regains his fitness is a sign that the club are looking to replace current number one David De Gea.
The Spaniard has been one of the club’s most consistent players since Sir Alex Ferguson and the best way to approach the rumours that he’s about to be replaced is by viewing them with a healthy dose of common sense.
De Gea is arguably Manchester United’s most important player at the moment at a club where he’s the constant in a defence, which has changed numerous times already this season.
Real Madrid are reported to be interested in him, but then Los Blancos have also been heavily linked with a move for Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur; somewhere along the line, there’s been some misinformation.
One of the most obvious problems with Valdes at United is the reason for him being at the club in the first place; his fitness.
He’s been struggling with knee problems since he was carried off during a Barcelona game last season and it’s thought to be the reason Liverpool pulled the plug on a deal to take him to Anfield.
Valdes is in a position where he needs to show maturity in the respect that if he wants to stay at United, he’s unlikely to be the number one, but a back up to De Gea.
Hopefully he realises the importance of DDG to United enough to realise that it’s not worth rocking the boat and pushing him towards the exit door rather than committing himself to Old Trafford.
There is also that situation relating to De Gea’s current contract to consider.
His deal expires at the end of next season and United aren’t in a position where they have to make a snap decision over whether he’s going to get a new contract.
It’s a no brainer and given the amount of terms involved in modern day deals, it will take a long term for all parties to reach a mutual agreement. United certainly don’t have to make a decision this winter.
It would be a downright bizarre move for United to replace De Gea with Valdes and I don’t think Louis van Gaal has lost his marbles just yet.