Victor Valdes has joined Manchester United on a free transfer after agreeing an 18-month contract, the club have confirmed.
It had long been anticipated that the former Barcelona goalkeeper would sign for the Red Devils after Louis van Gaal invited him to train at Carrington in October. Valdes was without a club and was going through rehabilitation for a serious knee injury.
The contract comes with an option for further year, which will comfort Manchester United fans as David de Gea is yet to agree a new contract with the club. Valdes is expected to be second choice to his compatriot but many have tipped him to challenge for the number one jersey.
Valdes, 32, left Barcelona on a free transfer this summer and had agreed a pre-contract with AS Monaco. However, upon injuring his knee ligaments, the Ligue 1 club cancelled the £150,000-a-week deal.
Valdes said in a statement: "It's a real honour to sign for Manchester United. I can already see that this is a very special club.
"When I first came to the training ground I saw the big red letters of Manchester United & for me it's like a dream."
It was thought a disagreement between compensation between the two parties had delayed Valdes's eventual transfer to Manchester United with reports suggesting that Monaco will have to prop up Valdes's wage packet at his next club.
Another report is that Van Gaal wanted to make sure Valdes fully recovered from his injury before committing to a contract. A knee injury as serious as his has ended careers in the past but Valdes has recovered well thus far.
De Gea future
The signing of Valdes is likely to add to the speculation that De Gea is set to leave for Real Madrid in the near future. The 24-year-old has just 18 months to run on his current contract, leaving Old Trafford officials understandably nervous.
An offer of £120,000-a-week is believed to be on the table but remains unsigned as reports of Real Madrid's interest continue to surface. Few would want to see De Gea leave, but Valdes would be a worthy successor.
One player almost certain to leave now is Anders Lindegaard who has struggled for game time since making the move to Manchester United in 2010. His four-year spell