Victor Valdes is facing fresh humiliation at Manchester United after being told to train on his own and at different times to team-mates.
The triple Champions League winner has suffered a very public falling out with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after reportedly refusing to play for the club’s Under-21 side last season.
Valdes has just over eight months remaining on the 18-month deal he signed at United in January, but has featured just twice for the first team in that time.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper saw a summer move to Besiktas fall through during the summer, forcing him to play fourth choice at United behind David ge Gea, Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone.
Now Van Gaal has set new strict guidelines for the veteran keeper’s training schedule to keep him away from the rest of the senior players.
Valdes has been ordered to turn up at the club’s Carrington HQ only when Van Gaal’s first team are NOT there.
It often means the 33-year-old must train by himself in the afternoons if the first team have morning sessions, and vice versa if the bulk of the squad are doing their work after lunch.
The move is another example of Van Gaal’s uncompromising man-management style, which has not won many friends at Old Trafford.
It is understood Van Gaal has not spoken to the Spaniard directly about his new training regime, but left any discussions over his future in the hands of club coaches and officials.
Papers continue to link Valdes with moves to Liverpool and Chelsea, but for the time being at least, his United misery seems set to continue.