Casillas blasts Van Gaal over Valdes treatment

Date published: Tuesday 8th September 2015 9:46

Iker Casillas has blasted Louis van Gaal over his treatment of Victor Valdes, and hopes his fellow goalkeeper soon ends his Manchester United misery.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper was been cast aside by Van Gaal this summer, having been left out of their 25-man squad for the Champions League, with David De Gea, Sergio Romero and youngster Sam Johnstone preferred.

That comes after Valdes reportedly rejected the chance to play for the club’s Under-21 side last season and then saw a summer transfer to Besiktas fail to materialise, leaving the Spain goalkeeper kicking his heels and with still a year left on the 18-month deal he signed with the Red Devils in January.

The 33-year-old was, however, still named in United’s 25-man Premier League squad, but it is understood he has no future at Old Trafford and has not been given a squad number.

Spain skipper Casillas has lent his support to his compatriot and hopes his situation is resolved soon.

He told El Mundo Deportivo: “I want to send all my support and a lot of encouragement to Victor. This is proof that at times football is ungrateful.

“He deserves to find a solution soon because of the type of player he is.

“Had they told us a year-and-a-half ago that he would be in this situation, no one would have believed it.

“Obviously, no one wishes him that. I know he will come out of this situation because he has a privileged mind and I really hope he comes out of this.

“I’m certain he will succeed because we all get back to enjoying ourselves [after leaving a club].”

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