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Published: 19:28 | 7/7/16

Valdes signs for Middlesborough

Middlesborough have signed former Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old left the Camp Nou club in 2014 after 535 appearances for the club, signing for Manchester United in January 2015 after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The former Spain international, who was part of the World Cup and European Championship winning squads of 2010 and 2012, subsequently fell out of favour with United manager Louis van Gaal and eventually joined Standard Liege on loan in January 2016.

Valdes, whose loan spell in Belgium ended in April, has now joined newly promoted Middlesbrough until 2018.

"You can't imagine how delighted I am because it's not usual to bring players like him to recently promoted teams," Middlesborough manager Aitor Karanka told the club's official website.

"I'm really pleased because he is really committed. All the the conversations we've had he knows why he is here and he is coming to add to what we have.

"He knows how strong this group is. It's a privilege for us to be able to bring a player like this to the club."

Middlesbrough begin their Premier League campaign against Stoke City at the Riverside on 13 August.

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