Monday 24 October 2016

Valdes seen as a 'perfect' replacement for De Gea

Victor Valdes would be the "perfect" replacement for David de Gea, according to former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw.

Real Madrid target De Gea hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday, and although United sources rejected claims they had received an offer from the Spanish giants for the player, there is a possibility he may never play for the club again. United have already drawn up a list of potential replacements for the 24-year-old should he depart, but Van der Gouw believes the club already have a perfect replacement among their ranks in Valdes.

"With what he knows about football and the way he is playing, he is perfect for United," the former United stopper said.

"He can play for another three or four years in a top team."

Valdes' pedigree cannot be doubted. He won the Champions League three times with Barcelona and was part of the Spain squad that lifted the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.

The Arsenal game was the first time he had played in 14 months, though, as he has been going through a long and trying rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. The 33-year-old insists he has enjoyed his time at the club since signing in January, though.

''It's been good,'' he said.

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