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Middlesbrough complete Valdes deal

Victor Valdes spent part of last season on loan at Standard Liege Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/PA Images

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The 34-year-old joins Boro as a free agent after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season. After undergoing a medical the keeper has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at the Riverside.

Boro fended off stiff competition for the World Cup winning stopper and his capture is seen as a real coup for the club. Head Coach Aitor Karanka said:

You can't imagine how delighted I am because it's not usual to bring players like him to recently promoted teams.

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.

– Aitor Karanka

Valdes made over 500 appearances for Barcelona during a trophy-laden career that has included a World Cup winners medal in 2010, a Euro 2012 winners medal, three Champions League successes, and six La Liga titles.

The Spanish international becomes Middlesbrough's fifth summer signing following the arrival of Viktor Fischer, Bernardo Espinosa, Marten de Roon, and young central defender Jordan McGhee.