Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has departed the club on a temporary basis, where he will spend the rest of the season on loan at Belgian outfit Standard Liege.
The Spaniard joined United in January 2015 after being a free agent following the end of his contract at previous club FC Barcelona, using that time out of the game to recover from a serious knee injury.
The chance to recruit such an experienced player who also came through the La Masia academy, was one not to be turned down, especially on a free transfer, with his experience and pedigree an asset amongst the dressing room and around the training complex.
Valdes made 331 appearances during his time in Spain, winning a mammoth 21 honours at the Camp Nou, as well as nine individual achievements to add to his glittering collection.
Capped 20 times by his national side as well, the shot-stopper was part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship successes.
Coming on for the injured David De Gea in the final home game of last season, his debut against Arsenal led to playing the full game against Hull City to end the campaign, where he made two eye-catching saves in the first half, as well as keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.
Sadly, opportunities this season have been non-existent, with De Gea’s collapsed move to Real Madrid and the signing of Sergio Romero playing its part in that, not to mention a reported fall-out with manager Louis van Gaal.
The 34-year-old has the chance to play regularly football again over in Belgium, and we wish Victor all the best in his time away from Old Trafford.