Iker Casillas unhappy with Victor Valdes treatment: “I want to give him all my support”

by Sam Peoples

Iker Casillas has waded into the unravelling Victor Valdes situation and believes how he is being untreated is an example of when ‘football is very ungrateful’.

Valdes’ career at Manchester United has stagnated ever since his fallout with Louis van Gaal over an apparent refusal to play for Man United’s U21s last season.

A move to Besiktas collapsed during the summer which kept Valdes at the club and although he has been included in the Premier League squad for United, van Gaal left the Spaniard out of his Champions League squad.

Speaking about Valdes, Casillas gave him his full support and said he hoped there a solution would quickly be found.

“I want to give all my love and support to Victor,” he said.

“He deserves a quick solution to his situation because of the player he is.  He shows that there are times when football is very ungrateful.”


“If they’d said that after a year and a half he’d been in this position, obviously nobody would wish that on anyone. He has a unique mind and I hope he comes out of this.

“I’m certain we’ll see him back [on the national team], we’d all love to have him back.”

Vicente del Bosque left Valdes out of his selection so as to have a balance of younger and older goalkeepers in his squad for the international break, so the current United goalkeeper finds himself frozen out on all fronts.

United’s situation with Valdes is messy and embarrassing in every respect. Whatever the root cause, there should be an amicable solution rather than snide messages and underhand attempts for Valdes or van Gaal to get one over on the other, or the club.

If van Gaal really doesn’t want Valdes at United, the best thing would be for him to simply cancel his contract to get it over and done with. That would be better than the public schoolyard argument which is currently going on between the two.

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