Middlesbrough signings de Roon and Valdés speak out

Boro's two marquee signings of the summer so far have spoken to the fans after their respective moves to the newly promoted club

Middlesbrough signings de Roon and Valdés speak out
Victor Valdes, pictured during his Barcelona days | Photo: extremodeportivo.com

Marten de Roon and Víctor Valdés have been speaking to the Middlesbrough fans after their eyebrow-raising moves to the recently-promoted club in the last few days.

Defensive midfielder de Roon signed last week for an undisclosed fee thought to be close to Boro's transfer record at around £12 million, while former Barcelona goalkeeper Valdés joined on Thursday evening on a free transfer.

The pair are part of a significant statement of intent from manager Aitor Karanka, who is still in the market for attacking upgrades and is hopeful of enticing Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotić to the club in the near future.

De Roon hopes to fill the boots of Boateng

Statistically speaking, de Roon was one of the most effective defensive midfielders in Europe last season while playing for Atalanta in Serie A, and he says he hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Dutch enforcer to have donned the Boro red.

"I'm very happy to be here to play for this amazing club," he said in an interview with the club's website. "I hope I can be the next [George] Boateng for them and we can make good things together".

Popular midfielder George Boateng spent six years at Middlesbrough | Photo: Gazette
Popular midfielder George Boateng spent six years at Middlesbrough | Photo: Gazette

The 25-year-old, who could feature in Boro's first pre-season outing against York City on Saturday, assured fans that the squad "are going to work hard and make sure that next year we are still in the Premier League.

"I hope we have a good connection, and I will fight for you," the combative midfielder added.

Valdés speaks after Twitter meltdown

Meanwhile, Boro made waves around the world when they signed triple Champions League-winning goalkeeper Valdés to fight with Dimi Konstantopoulos for the number one shirt.

Rumours began circling when the Spaniard followed Boro on Twitter, and a grinning Valdés admitted that "maybe for people it was a bit of a surprise! I followed Boro on Twitter especially, because after I spoke to the manager I said 'yes, I want to go with you'".

Former Real Madrid defender Karanka, 42, is thought to have been the ultimate reason why Valdés decided to move to Teesside, with the goalkeeper confident of an improvement on his poor relationship with previous manager Louis van Gaal.

"I am a person who wants always to feel good things around me," Valdés continued, "and I think Boro fans will be happy for this. That is the reason I followed Boro that night".

Valdés is unlikely to feature against York as Boro get their pre-season fixtures underway, but will be in the squad as the Teessiders continue with clashes against teams such as Doncaster RoversAston Villa and Real Betis.