By Alex Stevens
Victor Valdes can be the No1 goalkeeper in the world if he gets fit and finds a new club.
This is the verdict of the Manchester United man’s colleague and countryman Ander Herrera.
Valdes has been frozen out at Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal after refusing to play for United’s Under-21s last season.
“I think he still has room to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world again,” Herrera told Radio Catalunya. “I think that just before his injury he was the best in the world. And he is working hard to recover that form.
“People who work for their target always achieve them and specially when they have Valdes’ ability. I want him to return to be who he was because when you see him working every day, you can see that he still much to give. I wish him the best soon, to find a team and prove again how good he is.”
Valdes, who has been linked with Newcastle, Chelsea and Turkish side Antalyaspor, has been ostracised from the United first team set-up following Van Gaal’s decision not to take him on the summer tour of USA.
He has not featured this season and was overlooked at the start of the campaign in favour of Argentine Sergio Romero when David de Gea’s future was in doubt.
Herrera added: “I can talk about him as his teammate and friend and I’m sure he is will be again what it was. Surely in the January market he will find a team to prove again what he is capable of, as he is training for it.”
Valdes’ representative Gines Carvajal has admitted that the 33-year-old is unlikely to be at the club beyond the winter transfer window.
“He (Valdes) needs to go to a place he feels is right for him,” Carvajal told Radio Marca recently. “It is obvious he must leave in January, and we are looking to find a move that he likes.
“He won’t be coming to Spain, unless he decides otherwise. He had the option of coming to Valencia in the summer and did not want to.”