Former Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdés will be playing in the Premier League next season, having signed on at newly-promoted Middlesbrough. The 34-year-old spent a miserable few months at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, eventually being farmed out on loan to Belgian side Standard Liège, and his contract wasn't renewed when it expired this summer.
Valdés joined United at a time when it looked like David de Gea would be on his way to Real Madrid, and the former Barcelona shot-stopper apparently signed on at Old Trafford on the assurance he'd be the club's first choice between the sticks. However, de Gea's transfer fell through on deadline day in dramatic fashion, meaning most of Valdés' football came with the reserves. He wasn't too happy about this, though there were subsequent questions over his commitment -- something he subsequently denied.
"It's not that I didn't want to play for the B-team. But van Gaal told me on a Thursday, and so on the Friday I had to train with the B-team and play that same Saturday and I told him that I needed a weekend to think about what the future held for me going back to the B-team and all the implications of that."
Valdés still has something to offer, and it's reasonable at 34 that he wants to be playing regular first team football -- something he's sure to get at the Riverside. It'll be interesting to follow his progress over the coming season.