Manchester United have decided against signing ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to reports in Spain.
Valdes, 32, was reunited with former Barca manager Louis van Gaal at United in October, after the Dutchman handed him the chance to complete his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament which had prevented him from signing for a club in the summer.
At the time, it had been suggested that a permanent move was inevitable once he regained full fitness, with Van Gaal telling reporters last month: "United always has their eyes open.
"Every human being is special because they all have identities. It's a principle of my philosophy that you have to respect the individual human being. [Valdes is] special because I've worked with him and we've retained our relationship, which is not always the case."
However, Catalunya radio has now claimed that Valdes will not be joining United and has already returned to Spain to continue both his rehab and the search for a new club, with a number of top European sides sure to have interest.
Liverpool’s pursuit of the 20-times capped international, in particular, was well-documented prior to him linking up with their Premier League rivals, and Brendan Rodgers has since become even more desperate for an alternative between the posts following Simon Mignolet’s recent struggles.
A return to hometown Barca does not look to be on the cards either, after leaving the Spanish giants this summer, with manager Luis Enrique since signing both Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.