Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has suggested a possible motive behind Louis van Gaal asking the club to offer a deal to Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
However, Neville believes the motive behind United signing Valdes is simply to give LvG more options in that position.
“The suggestion that Valdes has been brought in to replace De Gea, I don’t believe that – I think Louis van Gaal just wants real strength and depth in his goalkeeping position,” said Neville while live on commentary for Sky Sports during United’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton yesterday.
De Gea has been arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League so far this season, making big saves at big times which helped United to a good run of form at the back end of last year.
The issue of his future has seen him linked with Real Madrid, which has prompted speculation United will make him an extremely well paid goalkeeper to stay at the club.
Valdes was badly injured last season and United offered him the option to train with their first team, which gave van Gaal the opportunity to watch him up close.
He’s been training with United for some time and it’s possible that if De Gea believed Valdes was being lined up at the club to replace him, he would have already made that decision to leave.
However, the most likely equation is that Neville has hit the nail on the head and the only outcome of this current situation is United having two top quality ‘keepers among their ranks.