Former Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes has commented on his failed time at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard, who arrived at the Red Devils on a free transfer in January 2015, made only two Premier League appearances under former United manager Louis van Gaal, who later banished him from the first team after the shot-stopper apparently refused to play for the club's U21 side.
However, Valdes, who now plays for Middlesbrough, has insisted he has no hard feelings about his time with the English giants.
"I feel like a professional footballer again after all those hard days in Manchester," Valdes told Sky Sports.
"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.
"This was the biggest fight of my career and I won it. The easy way out was to end my career but now I feel like a professional goalkeeper again.
"I don't have any bad words for Van Gaal or Manchester United. They helped me through my injury and the manager gave me my chance as a footballer at Barcelona and then again at United.
"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.
"I want to say, in a public way, thank you to the U21 coach Alan Fettis – without him I may have given up football. He made me keep going and stopped me when I was thinking about bringing my career to an end."
The 34-year-old played his first game for newly promoted Middlesbrough last weekend, when they drew 1-1 with Stoke City.
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