Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reacted angrily to reporters’ claims that goalkeeper Victor Valdes could be about to join rivals Liverpool in the January transfer window.
The Spanish international shot-stopper has been training with the Red Devils in recent months as he bids to return from a long-term injury sustained towards the end of last season.
Before his setback, the former Barcelona man was tipped to join AS Monaco on a free transfer after running down his contract with the Catalan giants, but the French outfit pulled out of a deal.
As a result, free agent Valdes is now seeking a new club and has been linked with a move to United’s rivals Liverpool.
The Reds are currently in the midst of a crisis in the goalkeeping department and signing Valdes would be a smart move, although the thought of such a deal has seemingly riled United boss Van Gaal.
"It's only talk from you," Van Gaal was quoted as saying by The Liverpool Echo. "Not from us, not from Victor Valdes, not from no-one, only the media. I am not here to inform the media. You have to wait and listen and see and that's it.
"Okay, then he goes to Liverpool. Yeah, when you see that. But you are suggesting and it's a big mistake to do that as the media. There are no stories. He is training here. I give him the possibility and then we shall see."
United currently boast the Premier League’s most outstanding goalkeeper in David de Gea, but they could still be tempted to sign Valdes in January to act as a solid back-up.
The 32-year-old made more than 600 appearances in all competitions while at the Nou Camp, helping the club win numerous trophies including three Champions League titles.