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Del Bosque: Valdes remains in Spain's plans

Spain manager Vincente Del Bosque has admitted Victor Valdes remains in his thoughts despite being frozen out at Manchester United.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper was left out of United's pre-season tour after angering manager Louis van Gaal for refusing to play in an Under-21 match last season, and he has been forced to watch from the stands for the Red Devils' opening six games of the campaign.

Valdes was heavily linked with a move to Besiktas, but changed his Facebook cover photo to the United logo late in the window, suggesting he was set to stay at Old Trafford and had reconciled with Van Gaal.

But the 33-year-old has since been left out of United's squad for the Champions League group stages, with David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone selected ahead of him.

Regardless of club troubles, Del Bosque revealed that Valdes remains in his plans, despite selecting De Gea, Iker Casillas and Sergio Rico for his most recent squad to face Slovakia and Macedonia.

"We were very close to calling Victor Valdes, he has always done well for the national team," he told La Sexta.

"I know that the national team is not a charity but maybe he needed a lift and in the end we didn't give it to him.

"Maybe we have even been cowards. I think we are all people and we have to have feelings."