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Victor Valdes praises Wayne Rooney for helping him settle in

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Manchester United's new signing Victor Valdes has praised England and Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney for helping him settle in at Old Trafford.

He told the Red Devils club website that: "Wayne [Rooney], the captain, was amazing with me on my first day when I came to the training ground. I cannot ask for any more, I am very grateful to the club."

Valdes joins United

Valdes had been training with the club since October to help improve his recovery from a knee injury and became a United player yesterday, signing an 18-month contract with an option of an extra year.

The Spaniard had high praise for everyone involved in the club, including his goalkeeping colleague David de Gea: "I think now, in the moment, he is the best goalkeeper in the world. His performance every day and in every game shows everybody that his level is very high. He has had a great year and it is very nice. Now I think he is the best goalkeeper in the world."

His Spanish compatriot has been United's most consistent player and has excelled particularly under Louis van Gaal, leading to speculation that Real Madrid are closing in on on his signature.

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United marching forward

Valdes hopes that he can help his colleague just like he wishes to help the whole team in any way he can. United fans will be happy with the passion already shown for the club by their new signing with Valdes stating: "The first day when I came here to the Aon Training Complex, I saw the big red letters of Manchester United. For me, it is like a dream."

Valdes also believes that he is now fully fit having recovered and trained with the squad for most of the season so far. He said when asked if he was fit: "I hope so. I am very, very satisfied with my recovery and very happy to be on the pitch like a player again. That is most important for my brain and most important for my family. It is very, very nice for me."

Red Devils fans will hope that their latest signing is competition to the current number one rather than a replacement. De Gea has shone behind an often makeshift defence and has been a big part in United's 10-game unbeaten run in the league.

It's a run that has seen Van Gaal's side move up to third in the league, sparking claims that the Premier League trophy could still be heading to Old Trafford, despite being nine points adrift of joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.

Valdes could make his debut on Sunday when his side face fourth placed Southampton at Old Trafford, however it is unlikely with De Gea set to start.

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