Manchester United have signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract, with the option to extend it for a further year.
Spain international Valdes was a free agent after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season. The 32-year-old was expected to join AS Monaco in the summer transfer window, but the move fell through due to injury concerns.
Liverpool were linked with a move for Valdes as well, but having trained with United over the past few weeks, the Spaniard has decided to join the Red Devils instead.
“It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United,” Valdes told United’s official website. “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.”
United manager Louis van Gaal added: “I am delighted Victor has signed for the club.
"Victor is a very experienced goalkeeper and his record speaks for itself. 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 number two goalkeeper and is a great addition to the first team.”
Valdes is a decorated goalkeeper and has won a number of titles at Barcelona, including La Liga six times and the Champions League thrice.