Victor Valdes back at Manchester United - report

Victor Valdes is reported to be back training at Manchester United, despite recent claims that the club had opted not to sign the ex-Barcelona goalkeeper.

Victor Valdes is reportedly back training with Manchester United, despite reports on Friday that the ex-Barcelona goalkeeper had left the Premier League club after Louis van Gaal opted against signing him.

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 claiming: "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."

Reports in Spain stated last week, however, that Valdes had returned to his homeland after failing to earn a contract with United and was looking at other options, but it now appears that those claims were premature.

According to The Mail, the keeper is now back in Manchester and training at Carrington, although it remains unclear whether the club plan to hand him a deal, with other potential suitors waiting in the wings.

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 rumoured return to hometown Barca does not look to be on the cards, though, after leaving the Spanish giants this summer, with manager Luis Enrique since signing both Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

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