Date: 19th August 2016 at 9:32am
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Victor Valdes, after a frankly disastrous spell with United that saw the former Barcelona ‘keeper go on loan, is getting his career back on track with Middlesbrough.

Louis van Gaal used the form Spanish international only twice during his ill-fated Old Trafford career with him later frozen out after being banished to the U21 side for a match he refused to play in.

He’s been speaking to Sky Sports this week with the 34-year-old saying he’s happy to be playing again with Middlesbrough with his time at United the ‘biggest fight’ of his career with it easy to end his career but he wanted to carry on and feels like a professional again at Boro.

There’s no grudge or bad words against van Gaal though, he said.

‘I don’t have any bad words for Van Gaal or Manchester United. They helped me through my injury and the manager gave me my chance as a footballer at Barcelona and then again at United. He’s like a father figure to me. I don’t want to remember the last six months in a bad way. For me he is in the top. We are still friends and there is no problem between us.’

Valdes had special praise for U21 coach Alan Fettis, who become a friend to him too and convinced him to carry on.

‘I want to say in a public way thank you to the U21 coach Alan Fettis. Without him I may have given up football. He made me keep going and stopped me when I was thinking about bringing my career to an end.’

Good luck to him at Middlesbrough, apart from when they face United!

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