It doesn’t seem that long ago that Victor Valdes was telling anyone prepared to listen just how much he ‘loved’ Liverpool and everything about it. What happened?
What looked to be a potential marriage made in heaven between Liverpool FC and Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper, Victor Valdes looks to have hit the rocks before it’s even begun.
Everyone, including the local media that had been briefed accordingly were convinced it was only a matter of time before the ‘keeper arrived at Anfield.
Then suddenly and without warning it all went spectacularly wrong. Or has it?
The suggestion is that when Liverpool wanted to know more about his fitness levels his undying love and devotion towards the club began to cool off.
Valdes’ agent, Gines Carvajal, however, has always denied that Liverpool wanted to have the player on a four-day trial to assess his fitness levels before making any commitment.
What is true is that some of those around Brendan Rodgers were not convinced that Valdes was the ideal choice for the club and as soon as things started to get a bit tetchy, Rodgers found himself with enough reasons not to take the chance.
Now, however, it’s getting even more complicated.
As recently as Thursday evening Spanish radio station COPE revealed Valdés had been offered – and refused – a deal with Manchester United. Other sources are saying that there is a three-year deal on the table, which, if true, will certainly grab the undivided attention of one David de Gea at Old Trafford
Extra marital affairs normally occur AFTER the wedding not BEFORE it and Liverpool will not be impressed with the fact that Valdes chose to consort with the pretty girl down the road before the knot had been tied, especially bearing in mind the fact that the pair of them hate the sight of each other. Even if it is only to recover his fitness.
Valdes and those in the charge at Old Trafford have previous knowledge of each other.
Louis Van Gaal, although not the man who gave Valdes his Barcelona debut when he was at the club, is certainly the manager that gave him the chance to become the regular first team goalkeeper after the player had rejected a loan move that had been offered to him.
More importantly, perhaps, Frans Hoek the goalkeeping coach at Old Trafford was also his coach at Barcelona when Valdes was making the transition into first choice keeper.
And if that wasn’t enough the matter is further complicated by the fact that it seems clear that Victor Valdes was less than amused when Monaco, which reneged on a legally binding agreement to sign him. A legal process now seems inevitable and with the matter in the hands of lawyers, it could be months before things are resolved.
So what’s going to happen next? I interviewed Brendan Rodgers for an article published in the Spanish newspaper I write for Diario AS. My final question to Brendan was “are you going to sign any more Spanish players?”
It wasn't an innocent question as the stories coming from the club were that Brendan wanted Victor Valdes, as the Daily Mirror reported last month, and the goalkeeper was determined to go to Anfield only a month ago.
His answer was short—in fact about as short as it is possible to be—and unequivocal. “No,” he said.
Watch this space. This matter is a long way from finished.