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Valdés / PHOTO: MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have announced the signing of Víctor Valdés on an eighteen month contract until June 2016. The 32-year –old keeper will again link up with ex-Barça boss Louis Van Gaal who gave him his debut in 2002. Valdes had a successful 12 year spell with the first team after joining the Masia in 1995.

It was with Frank Rijkaard in charge in the 2003/4 season that Valdes established himself as a first team regular and he soon started winning titles with the team – chalking up a total of  21, including 3 Champions Leagues, 6 League titles 3 Spanish Cups and 2 Club World Cups. Under Pep Guardiola he was a key member of the six title winning side and shares with Antoni Ramallets the record for most  Trofeus Zamora as the keeper conceding fewest goals in a La Liga season.

Legendary figure

As well as being one of the best keepers in Barça’s history, Valdes also made the fourth highest number of appearances with the first team (535), only bettered by Xavi, Puyol and Migueli.

A serious knee injury suffered in the game against Celta on March 26 2014 denied Valdes a proper farewell at the Club, but he has made a full recovery and begins a new adventure at Old Trafford.

 



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