Victor Valdes “wants to prove he’s not dead” after leaving Manchester United on loan, according to his new manager.
Valdes joined United in the winter transfer window of 2014, but made just two appearances for the club before falling out with boss Louis van Gaal.
The Barcelona legend has now joined Belgian side Standard Liege on loan for the remainder of the season, and his new manager, Yannick Ferrera, believes the 34-year-old is in better shape than ever.
He told Marca: “From what I’ve seen he’s very good to play now. You barely notice that he’s been out for a while.
“If tomorrow there was a match, he would (play). He has been training at a high level these days and will provide the expertise we need in that position.
“I have found an exceptional professional. An hour before the session, he is preparing to train.
“He wants to prove he’s not dead. He has years of football. And, although I have not spoken to him, I don’t understand why he would not be able to go with the Spanish team to the European Championship. I do not know if he will have that goal, but I encourage him.”