Middlesbrough complete Víctor Valdés signing

The experienced goalkeeper has signed a two-year contract after being impressed by Boro manager Aitor Karanka's vision for the club

Middlesbrough complete Víctor Valdés signing
Aitor Karanka poses with new Middlesbrough signing Víctor Valdés | Photo: Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of legendary Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés after he completed a medical at the club on Thursday afternoon.

Boro used Twitter to announce the signing after a long day of waiting for the club's expectant fans, posting a video of Valdés' name being printed on the back of their new goalkeeper kit.

The immensely experienced Spaniard will be expecting to take the number one shirt at the Riverside Stadium, but will have to dislodge current first-choice Dimi Konstantopoulos ahead of the new Premier League season.

Valdés brings list of honours to Teesside

Valdés joins with a wealth of experience at the highest level of the game, holding Barcelona's record for the number of appearances made by a keeper.

His trophy cabinet is a formidable one, boasting six La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, six Spanish Super Cups, three Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups at club level alone.

Valdes lifts one of his three Champions League titles with Spanish legend Xavi | Photo: Squawka
Valdes lifts one of his three Champions League titles with Spanish legend Xavi | Photo: Squawka

He has also lifted the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, and won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the best goals conceded-to-games ratio in the Spanish top flight on five occasions.

Boro's transfer spree continues apace

Valdés has been confirmed as Middlesbrough's fifth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Marten de RoonViktor FischerBernardo Espinosa and Jordan McGhee.

The club, preparing for their first season back in the top flight, are also waiting on the decision over Gastón Ramírez' work permit, with club chiefs confident of a positive outcome.

Aitor Karanka will now switch his focus to strengthening his side's attacking options. It has been reported that the Spaniard is stepping up his search for a new forward, but reports linking the club with Robin van Persie are thought to be incorrect.