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Man Utd sign Valdes as No 2 goalkeeper

Manchester United have announced the signing of goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer.

The former Barcelona player, who was a free agent, has signed an 18-month contract with the option to extend for a further year. The 32-year-old came through the ranks of the Barcelona youth system, making his senior debut in 2002 and went on to win 21 major trophies with the side.

Valdes has 20 caps with Spain and was part of the squad who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Valdes suffered a knee injury suffered last season with Barcelona but proved his fitness training with United to become the No.2 goalkeeper behind his compatriot, David De Gea, at Old Trafford.

"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," Valdes told manutd.com. "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."

Van Gaal expressed his delight at the capture of the goalkeeper.

"Victor is a very experienced goalkeeper and his record speaks for itself," the manager said. "I have said on many occasions that Manchester United will always be interested in the best players.

"Victor has remained very professional throughout his rehabilitation from injury and has been very impressive during his training sessions with the first team over the past weeks. He joins the club as the No 2 goalkeeper and is a great addition to the first team."