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Victor Valdes agrees loan deal with Standard Liege

Victor Valdes will join Standard Liege on loan for the rest of the season
Victor Valdes will join Standard Liege on loan for the rest of the season

Manchester United have announced goalkeeper Victor Valdes will join Standard Liege on loan for the rest of the season.

The former Barcelona stopper has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, largely due to the exceptional form of David De Gea.

Valdes has decided to leave United in a bid to get regular first-team football before Vicente Del Bosque picks his squad for Spain's defence of their European Championship title.

Valdes on Thursday sent a farewell message to his supporters, posting a message on Twitter above a picture of United's training ground saying: ''Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!''

Valdes signed an 18-month contract with United after moving to Old Trafford a year ago but fell out with Van Gaal over the summer.

He did not go on the summer tour to the United States and was not permitted to train with the first-team squad, and has not been given a shirt number this term.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho's agent has described claims the Portuguese has written to Manchester United to state his case to become their next manager as "absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd".

A report in the Independent on Sunday suggested that the former Chelsea boss had written a six-page letter outlining why he would be the right man to replace Louis van Gaal, as and when he leaves Old Trafford.

United declined to respond to the reports on Saturday night, but in a statement on Sunday morning, Jorge Mendes categorically denied them.

He wrote: "It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services.

"It is absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd."