Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to return to Manchester United on Monday following a successful loan spell at Belgium side Standard Liege.
After a spat with Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal, the 34-year-old moved to Belgium in January and helped them win the domestic cup in March.
However, with the domestic Cup in the bag and nothing else to play for the club decided to give opportunities to younger players for the remainder of the season and allow the Spaniard go.
“Since our priority is to give playing time to young players in our final games, plus their inability to be selected this week for medical reasons, the club have decided to end the loans of the Spanish goalkeeper [Valdes] and Greek midfielder [Ioannis Maniatis] as soon as this weekend,” read a statement on Standard’s official website.
“Standard Liege thank Victor and Ioannis for everything they have given to the club, especially during our winning run in the Belgian Cup, and wish them all the best in the remainder of their respective careers.”
Valdes has made only two appearances for Manchester United since he joined the club in January 2015 and he is widely expected to depart Old Trafford on a permanent basis this summer.