'What if I knocked myself out?' – Valdes opens up on loneliness at Man Utd

The goalkeeper endured a torrid time during his stay at Old Trafford and claims even drastic measures would have failed to get him noticed

Victor Valdes has opened up on his time as an outcast at Manchester United, stating that even if he’d knocked himself unconscious people would still have failed to notice him.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper ended his Old Trafford nightmare in January after signing a six-month loan deal with Standard Liege, but the 34-year-old is still bitter about how he was treated in Manchester.

Speaking to El Pais, he recalls a conversation with goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis: “What if I hit my head off the post and lost consciousness and swallowed my tongue?”

Fettis replied: “I’ve got my phone in my pocket, I’d make a call and someone would come to help.”

Valdes concluded: “I feel very alone.”

The Spain international was brought in on an 18-month contract last January by Louis van Gaal. And while Valdes is still struggling to understand why he was left out in the cold, he remains grateful to the Dutchman for giving him his first break.

“He gave me my first start at Barca then he picked me up when no other side would have me and gave me time to recover from my knee injury.

“I’ll always be thankful. Deep down, if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.”

'Sadness in his eyes' – Twitter reacts to new Premier League logo

The division’s famous lion icon has undergone a makeover ahead of next season, but it hasn’t gone down too well on Twitter – we’ve got the best of the reaction!


Tuesday marked the end of an era in English football as the Premier League unveiled their new logo for next season.

Guess what happened next, though? Yep, the forgiving souls on Twitter calmly accepted the change and praised the new branding the new logo was mercilessly mocked.

From comparisons with an eye test at the opticians to a Cecil the Lion reference – here is the best reaction from Twitter…


From next season, the Premier League is going to look a little bit different…https://t.co/4n4mNohG2Z

— Premier League (@premierleague) February 9, 2016


Overwhelmingly excited to see the Premier League’s new logo. I mean, look at his face, just look at his face. pic.twitter.com/utkMVahyi9

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 9, 2016

The Premier League’s new ‘visual identity’ looks like it’s taken from an eye test in an opticians pic.twitter.com/TQ6w9kSUVa

— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) February 9, 2016

Sadness in his eyes. https://t.co/6tYvU1T8z9

— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) February 9, 2016

#LovelyTouch by the Premier League to immortalise Cecil the lion in their new logo #respect #RIPCecil pic.twitter.com/Ft6OTLuPZt

— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) February 9, 2016

What do you mean the peasants are revolting at Premier League ticket prices? Give them a logo “which is relevant, modern and flexible”.

— Michael Calvin (@CalvinBook) February 9, 2016

Upside down, the new Premier League logo looks kinda like a fitting tribute to Lemmy pic.twitter.com/azljdICqD7

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 9, 2016

Is it me or does the new premier league logo looks really cheap and tacky?

— Gpearce555 (@GregPearce555) February 9, 2016

Congrats to the new @premierleague logo, joining #WorldCup2018 on the cast of “Finding Nemo”.#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/PF5WfDLdmM

— Conor McNamara (@ConorMcNamaraIE) February 9, 2016

Why does the new @premierleague look like it should be for an insurance company? pic.twitter.com/juHydQp52q

— Michael Parry (@pazman3000) February 9, 2016

Am I the only person who likes the new Premier League logo? It’s fiercer and modern! @premierleague

— Ian Brook (@IanbytheBrook) February 9, 2016

You’d think by now the Premier League lion could afford a bigger and better crown.

— Ollie Davis (@Ollie_Davis) February 9, 2016

RUMOURS: Dani Alves offered lucrative China move

The Barcelona full-back is the latest to be offered a big-money move by an unnamed Chinese Super League club as the influx of South American stars to east Asia continues

Dani Alves has received a lucrative offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, according to Mundo Deportivo.

A three-year contract worth a staggering €12 million per season has been offered to the Barcelona full-back’s representatives, though the Spanish newspaper claim an official deal is yet to be tabled.

Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona will weigh up the offer once presented, with the Chinese Super League transfer window open until February 26.

A number of South Americans, including Jackson Martinez, Fredy Guarin, Ramires and Alex Teixeira have made the big-money switch to China ahead of the 2016 CSL season.


REVEALED: Premier League unveils new logo

The top flight’s iconic lion logo has undergone a makeover which will be implemented from the start of the 2016-17 season

The Premier League has revealed a new-look logo which will be used from the start of the 2016-17 season.

The division’s lion icon has been the face of England’s top flight since its launch in 1992 but has undergone a makeover to give it a fresh, modern look.

GOAL READ MORE  | Twitter reacts to new Premier League logo

All 20 clubs in the top flight have also agreed a new centralised sponsorship strategy, meaning the league will no longer have a named sponsor.

From next season, the Premier League is going to look a little bit different… https://t.co/4n4mNohG2Z

— Premier League (@premierleague) February 9, 2016

Barclays have opted not to renew their £40 million-a-year deal, which expires at the end of the season, with a host of secondary partners set to replace them.

As a result the division will be known simply as ‘the Premier League’ as of August.

RUMOURS: Corluka rejected Bayern Munich move

The former Tottenham and Manchester City defender turned down a move to the Bundesliga giants, fearing he’d be left in limbo when Pep Guardiola moved to the Etihad Stadium

Vedran Corluka rejected the overtures of Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich during the January transfer window due to fears over his long-term future, according to Sportske novosti.

Bayern’s defensive options have been reduced by the serious injuries recently suffered by Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, while Mehdi Benatia is yet to return to the first team squad following the various muscle injuries which have ruled him out of action since early December.

Guardiola is reported to have viewed the versatile former Tottenham defender, 30, as the ideal candidate to provide cover but Corluka, who now plays for Lokomitv Moscow, was concerned that the Spaniard’s summer departure to Manchester City would leave him in limbo.

Knocked back by Corluka, Bayern subsequently signed Serdar Tasci on loan from Spartak Moscow on deadline day, but the Germany international missed his scheduled unveiling due to a head injury he suffered during his first training sessions with his new club.