Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes launches new dating app

Middlesbrough's Victor Valdes saves from Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

The former Barcelona goalkeeper moved to The Riverside Stadium during the summer transfer window.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes has shocked fans by bizarrely taking to Twitter to launch his own brand-new dating app 'Hola Dating'.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper joined Aitor Karanka's Teesiders on a free transfer in the summer, putting pen to paper on a two-tear deal, after his frustrating 18-month spell with the Red Devils' came to an end.

The veteran 34-year-old has endured a mixed-spell of form since his surprise move to The Riverside Stadium, however, he was terrific during Saturday's surprise 0-0 draw with Arsenal, pulling off a number of world-class stops to prevent Arsene Wenger's in-form Gunners from breaching Boro's steely resolve.

However, rather than taking to social media to discuss football-related matters as most Premier League stars do, the former Barcelona stopper has taken the unusual step of promoting his new dating app, 'Hola Dating' as he lays the seeds for a successful future in business following the conclusion of his playing career.

In a video posted to Valdes' Twitter account, the eccentric goalkeeper discusses his new app's features, explaining that it will be perfect for those that are trepidatious about initiating conversation with potential love-interests:

“Here I’m on the app and the system says ‘Hola’ and gives me a brown-orange colour. The system is giving me a completely random colour." Valdes says in the video.

“Then, I show this message to the person I want to start a conversation with and that person can search for me and my profile thanks to the colour I’ve shown them. So then, we can start a conversation in a private channel.

"We think that in the dating world, you can feel attracted to someone on the bus, the metro, in a cafe, or in a college or club.

"But, you don't necessarily have the courage to approach them and break the ice. Therefore you need this app."

The Gazette Live report that the app, which is being designed by software engineers at the public Autonomous University of Barcelona, is still in its beta phase of development, and is expected to be available to download from the iOS App Store and the Android Play Store over the coming weeks.

Valdes will be hoping that he is set for success both on and off the field over the coming months, after Boro's promising performance at The Emirates Stadium pulled them out of the relegation zone heading into this weekend's crucial home game with Eddie Howe's in-form Bournemouth.

Aitor Karanka's side have won just one of their opening nine games since gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League last season, and they will have to start converting some of their draws into victories if they are to stand a realistic chance of avoiding the drop and cementing their top-flight status.

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