Victor Valdes has revealed it's a 'dream come true' to join Manchester United after signing an 18-month contract with the Premier League giants.
The Spanish stopper has spent the majority of his career at Barcelona, winning a plethora of trophies in Catalonia before injury last season all-but ended his time at the Nou Camp.
After walking away from Barca in the summer, Valdes took his time to find a new home as he recovered from ACL surgery, but he's delighted to have ended up under Louis can Gaal once again - this time with Manchester United.
"Yeah, it is a dream come true for me. After the Camp Nou, I think it is the most important stadium in the world," he told MUTV after completing the deal.
"When you are listening to the atmosphere, or maybe when you are playing Manchester United at Old Trafford, you are happy because the Theatre of Dreams is very important for the football players and the history of football.
"Now I am a player of Manchester United and it will be a very emotional day for me."
Whilst Valdes has some fond memories of playing against the Red Devils - most notably in two Champions League finals - he lost on his only previous trip to Old Trafford.
Past Old Trafford trip
Paul Scholes scored the only goal in spectacular fashion on that occasion back in 2008, as Manchester United beat Barcelona 1-0 to reach a Champions League final they would go on to win.
The semi-final tie came in the middle of Valdes' stint with Barca, and it was Van Gaal who gave the then 20-year-old stopper his debut during his reign with the Catalan giants. It's a moment the now 32-year-old hasn't forgotten, and he's keen to show what he can do if the opportunity arises once again for his boss.
"We are together again and he brings me another chance in my life," Valdes concluded.
"For me it is a pleasure to play under Louis van Gaal and it is very important to show him good things for my career."
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