Manchester United are determined to hold onto David de Gea, despite having agreed an 18-month contract with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The club are set to announce that the 32-year-old has signed on at Old Trafford as understudy to De Gea, having been convinced that the former Barcelona goalkeeper – who has not played since sustaining a serious knee injury nine months ago – is not a long-term medical risk.
But though the decision to sign the Catalonian until 2017 will create doubts about De Gea, who has only 18 months left on his contract, the prospects of Real Madrid bringing the 24-year-old back to Spain this summer are not thought to be substantial. Valdes is considered as a goalkeeper who can provide the kind of genuine competition for De Gea which current No 2 Anders Lindegaard is not offering.
United manager Louis van Gaal has does not consider Lindegaard to be good enough and United had anticipated since the autumn that he would leave Old Trafford this month.