Middlesbrough signs former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes
Former Barcelona and out-of-favor Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has a new home at last.
Valdes, 34, has moved to promoted Premier League side Middlesbrough on a free transfer, following an 18-month spell at Manchester United in which he played just twice for the club. Valdes was loaned to Belgian side Standard Liege last winter, playing in eight games across all competitions. Valdes was part of Spain's World Cup-winning team in 2010 and its Euro 2012-winning team and also was part of three Champions League titles at Barcelona.
"You can't imagine how delighted I am because it's not usual to bring players like him to recently promoted teams," Boro manager Aitor Karanka said in a club statement. "I'm really pleased because he is really committed. All the the conversations we've had he knows why he is here and he is coming to add to what we have. He knows how strong this group is. It's a privilege for us to be able to bring a player like this to the club."
Valdes joins Middlesbrough on a two-year deal.