Victor Valdes insists Louis van Gaal remains a father figure to him – despite almost forcing him into hanging up his gloves by making him train on his own.
In his first interview since joining Aitor Karanka’s Boro this summer, Valdes told Sky Sports News HQ:
“I feel like a professional footballer again after all those hard days in Manchester.
“It’s difficult to explain, but it was hard being alone. Sometimes at United I thought ‘I don’t need this’, but I am a fighter and a professional.
“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.”