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Manchester United hand Victor Valdes shirt number

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Manchester United have confirmed that Victor Valdes will wear the number 32 shirt at Old Trafford.

The experienced Spanish shotstopper has penned an 18-month deal with the Red Devils having left Barcelona at the end of his contract last year.

Previously worn

Now the club have revealed via Twitter that Valdes will wear the number 32 shirt that has previously been worn by the likes of Darren Fletcher and Carlos Tevez. 

The arrival of the Spaniard comes after he had spent the last few months training with Manchester United as he finishes his rehabilitation from a knee injury which has kept him out of action for 10 months and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Doubt

His arrival has cast doubt over the future of David de Gea, who has 18 months left on his contract at Old Trafford and as things stands hasn't put pen to paper on a new contract. That could soon change however with reports suggesting he could agree to a new £140,000-per-week deal which is over double the amount he currently earns.

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It has previously been suggested that Liverpool and Juventus were in with a chance of signing Valdes, but the Spanish international says he always had his heart set on a move to Manchester United.

Honour

"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," he told the club's official website. "I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex.

"From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club. I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at FC Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true."

Although Valdes will be pushing De Gea for a first team spot, Van Gaal has already confirmed that he will be the nuber two, rather than his compatriot's direct replacement. His arrival should spell the end of Anders Lindegaard's time with the club.

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