A former Manchester United 'keeper has been speaking about a current one.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has been speaking to the BBC about the prospect of David de Gea leaving Old Trafford this summer.
The current United number one’s future remains in doubt with Real Madrid reportedly keen on signing the Spanish international this summer.
Considering his current contract expires in the summer of 2016, and with no new deal yet agreed, De Gea’s future is likely to generate plenty of column inches until things are confirmed one way or another.
But if the 24-year-old does leave United this summer, Van der Gouw believes manager Louis van Gaal already has the perfect replacement.
Speaking about Victor Valdes – who signed for the club on a free transfer back in January – the former United stopper said, “With what he knows about football and the way he is playing, he is perfect for United. He can play for another three or four years in a top team.”
There is no doubt that when fit and on form, Valdes is one of the best ‘keepers in Europe, but after so long away from first-team football – following a serious injury – it would be a risk losing De Gea and replacing him with the 33-year-old.
Only time will tell what happens, but at least United have an experienced back-up option in place; and one that Van Der Gouw believes could go on to rival Edwin van der Sar in enjoying considerable success in the twilight of his career.