Victor Valdes’ difficult tenure at Manchester United is reportedly at an end as he gets close to a loan move to Standard Liege.
Sport cites reports from England that claim the former Barcelona goalkeeper will spend the rest of the season in Belgium after falling out of favour under Louis Van Gaal.
Former Belgium and Bayern Munich defender Daniel Van Buyten is the club’s assistant manager and is said to have brokered the arrangement, having played under Van Gaal at Bayern.
Valdes left Barca in the summer of 2014, a few months after suffering a serious knee injury, which scuppered a move to Monaco.
He eventually trained with and then signed for United but a row with the manager meant he was banished from the first team for much of his time at Old Trafford.
Valdes was accused of refusing to play for the United under-21s and banned from the training ground, and wasn’t even allowed to attend a charity function with his United teammates.
The 34-year-old on Thursday posted a message on Twitter which appeared to confirm he was leaving United temporarily.
“Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me,” the note read in English over a picture of Old Trafford.
“I will never forget it! See you soon!”