Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has admitted that he was close to retiring after suffering a career threatening knee injury in March, reports the Express.
The Spaniard, who was plying his trade for Catalan giants Barcelona at the time, opted to return to the game after his contract expired at the Nou Camp, and signed for the Red Devils last month.
However, he's admitted that the injury, which forced him to miss this past summer's World Cup, almost finished his professional career.
Speaking to reporters, the Spaniard said: "Everything was going too well for me and I knew I was going to hurt it.
"I knew from the beginning it was broken. When I tried to support the leg I heard a crunch in the knee and I knew it was broken.
"I was close to retiring. But I have three children."
De Gea's the best
Valdes, who appeared for the club's Under-21 side against Liverpool last week, is currently behind fellow international David de Gea in the pecking order at Old Trafford, but he's insisted that his teammate is currently the best goalkeeper in the world right now.
There's no doubt about it, De Gea has been in inspired form over the course of the last 18-months or so and was even named the club's Player of the Year under David Moyes last term.
Valdes, then, clearly rates his teammate highly, as he continued by saying: "David is the best goalkeeper in the world right now, in terms of pure performance."
In fact, Valdes will be hoping to replace De Gea between the sticks this evening, as United play host to Cambridge United in a fourth round FA Cup replay.
On home soil, the Spaniard will be desperate to make his full debut for the first team ,with Louis van Gaal's side looking to secure their place in the fifth round of the competition. The United boss will no doubt field a strong side for the encounter as he looks to avoid a huge upset.
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