Louis van Gaal expects Victor Valdes to leave Man Utd

Victor Valdes of Manchester United U21s v Liverpool U21s
Image: Victor Valdes expected to leave Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United plan to sell Victor Valdes because the goalkeeper refused to play for the reserves last season.

The Spaniard, who was back-up to compatriot David de Gea at United last year, did not travel with the rest of the squad to America for the club's pre-season tour but no reason had previously been given for his exclusion.

However, at a press conference in Seattle on Wednesday to present new signings Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin, Red Devils boss Van Gaal confirmed that Valdes was not selected for the tour of the United States.

Louis van Gaal reveals his reasons for allowing Valdes to leave the club

He said the former Barcelona goalkeeper was up for sale as he had refused to follow the club's philosophy.

"He is not selected because he doesn't follow our philosophy and there is no place for that one player," Van Gaal said.

"Philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm. For example, he refused last year to play in the second team.

"That is one aspect of our philosophy... but there are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy of how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United.

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When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way and that is out.
Louis van Gaal on Valdes

"When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way and that is out.

"It is a big disappointment. We thought that he would follow our philosophy. It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.

"If you do not play in the first team, our philosophy is to play in the second team and he did not do that."

Valdes later tweeted what appeared to be a response questioning Van Gaal's comments.

The Spaniard wrote ".....? #respect", along with four photos.

Three of the pictures referenced U21 matches he played for United against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham last season, while the fourth was a photo of him alongside U21 team-mates in the dressing room.

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