Former Barcelona keeper Valdes joins Man United

AP , Thursday 8 Jan 2015

New Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes (Photo: AP)

Manchester United has signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes as a backup to fellow Spaniard David de Gea.

The 32-year-old Valdes, who has been at United training with the first team since October while rehabilitating from a knee injury, signed an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year.

Valdes says "from my short time here I can already see this is a very special club."

Valdes, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in March before being released by Barcelona, previously played under United manager Louis van Gaal at the Camp Nou.

Van Gaal says Valdes "joins the club as the No. 2 goalkeeper and is a great addition."

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