One of Manchester United's Spanish goalkeepers has been talking about the other.
In comments later published by the club’s official website, the former Barcelona player explained just how well he thinks De Gea is playing right now, inadvertently suggesting his own chances of a first-team debut are slim.
“Now David is in a very, very high performance level,” Valdes said. “I think he is the most important goalkeeper in the world in this moment.
“So it is difficult to play and, of course, I must accept this.”
Valdes signed on a free transfer in January but despite his considerable experience he is yet to turn out for United’s first-team.
FA Cup matches against the likes of Cambridge United and Preston North End looked like perfect chances for Valdes to make his senior debut but De Gea kept his place.
In fact, United’s number one has been an ever-present this season, making 34 appearances to date and even turning out in the Capital One Cup debacle against MK Dons prior to Valdes’s arrival.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for both players, with Valdes currently making do with appearances for United’s under-21s and De Gea’s current contract reaching its final year.
But it does appear that with his latest comments, United’s recent addition has admitted a first-team debut this season looks very unlikely.