Manchester United's Victor Valdes admits 'surprise' when he heard of interest

Victor Valdes

Valdes hasn't played a competitive game for Manchester United having signed on a free transfer following an ACL injury.

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes admitted it was a surprise for him that he ended up at Old Trafford.

Valdes has had a pretty successful career having been the number one goalkeeper at Barcelona during the club's most successful era - where he won the La Liga title six times and the Champions League on three occasions. 

However, he was due to leave the Nou Camp to play for Monaco - only for a serious knee injury to prevent that move from taking place.

As a result he spent months in training trying to prove his fitness, and was even linked with a move to Liverpool before he ended up joining Manchester United.

He told the club's official website: "I am very happy for this option in my career after my injury. I never thought maybe I will be a player of Manchester United but the manager called me and gave me this option, so it was a surprise for me. I always say it’s great for my career to be a part of this club and part of this team and, maybe, I hope to win another important trophy here too.

"They are both massive clubs with a massive number of trophy wins and the number of fans around the world is so big. I think it’s the same when you play for one of the most important clubs in the world, Man U or Barcelona, you must win always. This is our expectation and our job every day – for us, for the club and for the fans. It’s not different for me. I know very well what you feel when you play for a big club, so it is not a big change for me."

Valdes completed his move to Old Trafford midway through the season but has yet to make a first team appearance, even in cup competitions as David De Gea's outstanding form has made the younger Spaniard firmly the club's number one choice in goal. Valdes instead has been used in under-21 games in order to get some game time. 

The 33-year-old will just have to bide his time, it seems, and take his opportunity whenever it comes. But as it stands, that is likely to be in the cup competitions next season - though some have suggested he was a signing in order to cope if De Gea would depart from the club - but that has one big flaw given Valdes is much older than his fellow countryman.

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