Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes “wants to prove he’s not dead”, after joining Standard Liege on loan.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Valdes moved to Old Trafford in January 2015, but made only one start for United, before falling out with manager Louis van Gaal.
The Spain international has now ended his exile by joining Belgian outfit Liege, whose manager, Yannick Ferrera, believes the 34-year-old can force his way back into the national side.
“From what I’ve seen he’s very good to play now. You barely notice that he’s been out for a while,” Ferrera told Marca.
“If tomorrow there was a match, he would [play]. He has been training at a high level these days and will provide the expertise we need in that position.
“I have found an exceptional professional. An hour before the session, he is preparing to train.
“He wants to prove he’s not dead. He has years of football. And, although I have not spoken to him, I don’t understand why he would not be able to go with the Spanish team to the European Championship. I do not know if he will have that goal, but I encourage him.”