Spain boss Vincent Del Bosque has described Victor Valdes’ failed spell at Manchester United as “incredible”.
Valdes sealed a loan move to Standard Liege last week having made only two first team appearances for Man United since moving to Old Trafford in January of last year.
The keeper had been frozen out at United by Louis van Gaal after Valdes reportedly refused to play for the club’s U21 side last term. Del Bosque insisted he just wants Valdes to play football.
“At this moment, while thinking about Victor, more than thinking about whether he can return to the national team, the first thing I think about is that he can start playing again,” Del Bosque said.
“Everyone with a little common sense wants Victor to be playing, to be active, because what has happened to him is incredible. What bad luck, when he was one of the great goalkeepers out there. It is truly a case of very bad luck.”
Valdes’ move came as a huge relief to supporters as the whole episode has been a soggy affair.
The former Barcelona man is widely regarded as one of the best keepers of his generation and he deserves to go out on a high rather than languishing behind the scenes at United. It will be good to see him get regular minutes on the pitch at Standard.