Manchester United have signed former Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes on an 18-month-deal according to reports from BBC Sport.
The 32-year-old has put pen to paper and has the option of a further 1 year should both parties agree. Valdes has been training with the Red Devils since he left the Spanish outfit in the summer and says he feels he has joined a special club.
“I can already see this is a very special club,” said Valdes.
“I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true.”
Meanwhile, the United manager insisted that David De Gea’s position at the number one goalkeeper was under no threat whatsoever.
“He joins the club as the number two goalkeeper and is a great addition to the first team,” the Dutchman added.
However, Valdes understands the situation at Old Trafford and made it evident he was part of a team now and was ready to step in when required, “Always in my career, I have played to help my team-mates, to help my coach and to help everybody. I am a part of the team.”
He added: “I think now, in the moment, De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
A great signing for Manchester United, the deal does put doubt on the future of Anders Lindegaard who will surely depart the club this month.
If De Gea picks up and injury or suspension, United fans can rest easy and know they have a class act coming in as backup.
By Oliver Baines | January 9th, 2015