Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been speaking about his new teammate Victor Valdes in an interview published by the Daily Express.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper signed for United on a free transfer earlier this month, having previously trained at the club as he sought to regain his match fitness.
A serious knee injury had robbed him of months on the pitch but he has since signed an 18-month contract at Old Trafford as he looks to compete with current number one David de Gea.
Smalling praised Valdes, revealing that he and his teammates had already been regaled with tales of the Catalan giants.
“We’ve heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions,” the England international said.
“Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well.”
Valdes could make his debut for United when they take on Cambridge in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday evening, but that match aside he will struggle to usurp De Gea as the club’s first-choice stopper following the younger Spaniard’s emergence.
That said, Smalling hinted that Valdes had plenty still to give, adding, “He’s such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United.”
What that means for the club and for De Gea remains to be seen, but United fans will be hoping both players remain at Old Trafford for some time to come.