Van Gaal: Valdes and I have a special relationship

The goalkeeper is currently training with Manchester United as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament injury and the Dutchman has hailed the former Barcelona star

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has a “special relationship” with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who is training with the English club.

The Spaniard, who left Barca at the end of last season, has linked up with United in a bid to continue his recovery from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered in March.

And Van Gaal admits he has great respect for Valdes, with whom he worked at the Camp Nou during his two spells in charge.

“Every human being is special because they all have identities,” he told reporters.

“It’s a principle of my philosophy that you have to respect the individual human being. He’s special because I’ve worked with him and we’ve retained our relationship, which is not always the case.

“It is not a surprise because I have done it with lots of players. I have a relationship with a lot of them. I gave Ronald de Boer and Edgar Davids training possibilities in the past – Valdes is one of these players.

“Robin van Persie also. When he played for me in the Dutch squad, I allowed him to use our medical department to keep fit for the World Cup. I wasn’t the manager of United at the time, so I have always done it.”

Speculation has mounted in recent days that United could sign Valdes permanently, and Van Gaal admits that “United always have their eyes open” in regards to new signings.

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