Goalkeeper Victor Valdes revels in “dream” deal

Manchester United Victor Valdes

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Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed his delight after putting pen to paper on an 18-month deal with Premier League giants Manchester United.

The former Barcelona shotstopper was a free agent after leaving the Blaugrana and had been training with the Red Devils in a bid to get back to full fitness after being plagued by injury.

Now the 32-year-old has been snapped up by manager Louis van Gaal, with the Spaniard having the option of a further year on his current 18-month deal.

Valdes has been brought into Old Trafford as a number two behind first-choice keeper David De Gea, who has been a standout performer for United in the campaign so far.

However Valdes is looking forward to adding some competition to the place between the sticks and has admitted he is joining a “special”

He told the club’s official website: “It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United.

“I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex.

“From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club. I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at FC Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true.”

Valdes is likely to be on the bench when United host Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the Red Devils installed as 1.83 favourites to secure the three points.

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