We have many things left to know. In Manchester we have not been able to ask him the next ten questions
When Víctor Valdés leaves Manchester United, he will have put and end to one of the most difficult periods of his career. Dark on the field, because he has hardly been there, but maybe a little luminous regarding his mind, because he has recovered from his injury and could feel like a footballer again. A little bit. He has been living in Lowry hotel, in the down town. The place where the team meet before weekend matches or where new players stay before finding a definitive house. He has been training with the reserve team, with the first team, alone and recently with Alan Fettis, an Irish goalkeeper coach who is in charge of the Academy players.
He has attended different matches in Old Trafford. The first was against Chelsea and he was in the stands, dressed with normal clothes. It was when he was only training, before signing contract. Then he used to go upstairs up to the stadium's suite dressed with official clothes. Later he was in charge to carry the balls bag used for David de Gea's warm up. And some months after, they were both laughing and talking in the same line of the stands, maybe criticizing Louis Van Gaal in a low voice. Valdés was smiling. There was a special relationship with De Gea. They always wanted to sit and stay together. And recently one is on the goal and the other stays home.
Apparently, Manchester's goal would have been one of the best defended ones in the world. But Valdés has never had a real chance. Van Gaal himself categorized the full match he played at the end of last season —against Hull City— as a merciful act. Over the last months we have had little explanations coming from both sides. Van Gaal has been feeling uncomfortable with the matter and Valdés opted to shut up. We could only listen to him in a report at the newspaper El País and in this interview in a Colombian television. But we still have many things left to know. In Manchester we have not been able to ask him the next ten questions:
- What happened with the precontract with Monaco? Who was wrong?
- Was Liverpool a real option before sining for Manchester United? Does he regret that?
- How is Víctor Valdés physically? Is he in a good level? What's the opinion of his mates and coaches? Is he ready to defend a high-level goal?
- How has relationship with Louis Van Gaal evolved since he opened doors until he closed his locker in the dressing room?
- Does he feel betrayed by anyone or does he blame himself for what he is living?
- Apart from his deep reflections, why wasn't he honest about this practical matters?
- Why didn't he find any team in summer market if he knew Van Gaal didn't want him? Does he feel well represented?
- Does he have any relation with De Gea's unstoppable evolution? Does he think he has helped him to become better goalkeeper?
- Would all problems be solved playing 10 matches as starter?
- Is he afraid of something?