Victor Valdes is no longer a player; he has turned into a TV producer

Victor Valdes opted to take a huge change in his life as he hung up his playing boots, or in this case, his gloves after rejecting the chance to perform with Sporting Lisbon and Deportivo.


Instead of playing, the former Barcelona player decided to launch a TV production company and even his own television show where he is expected to interview many of his former teammates.

Victor Valdes opted to take a huge change in his life as he hung up his playing boots, or in this case, his gloves after rejecting the chance to perform with Sporting Lisbon and Deportivo.


Instead of playing, the former Barcelona player decided to launch a TV production company and even his own television show where he is expected to interview many of his former teammates.

This production company is an international one which is based in Barcelona, London and Abu Dhabi with the name of: ‘’Crazy4fun’’. Meanwhile his television show is believed to have already been sold to 12 countries.

Turning into a coach is a trend that more and more veteran players accept on doing but deciding to launch a television show and Production Company is a very unusual path that is not regularly taken.
Real Betis, Deportivo, Las Palmas and Sporting Lisbon are all of the clubs that were rumored on launching offers for Victor Valdes but the goal-keeper rejected all of them as he had very different things in mind.

Taking into consideration the fact that Victor Valdes has a very extensive trophy collection for his time spent and contributions made in Camp Nou, the experienced player was just not as motivated to continue performing as he has already lifted all of the major pieces of silverware that there is to win.

The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España are all of the trophies that he won with Barcelona and even at the international stage, Valdes has been very successful after having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

With such a privileged trophy collection, it seems like Victor Valdes wanted to start dominating and experience success in a different world.

BORO WANT RANDOLPH AS VALDES’ REPLACEMENT

Championship side Middlesbrough are set to make West Ham United goalie Darren Randolph the replacement for former Barcelona shot stopper Victor Valdes.


Boro have reportedly made a bid of £5 million for the Republic of Ireland international.

Former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is set to make a return to the Premier League to feature for West Ham. The Hammers are expected to offload Randolph or Adrian this summer so Boro are positioning to take advantage.

Championship side Middlesbrough are set to make West Ham United goalie Darren Randolph the replacement for former Barcelona shot stopper Victor Valdes.


Boro have reportedly made a bid of £5 million for the Republic of Ireland international.

Former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is set to make a return to the Premier League to feature for West Ham. The Hammers are expected to offload Randolph or Adrian this summer so Boro are positioning to take advantage.

The Teesiders were sent packing from the top flight at the end of last term. Garry Monk is hoping to build a solid team that can rule the English Championship. After their relegation, Valdes and Brad Guzan exited the squad.

Monk still has first choice experienced hands DimiKonstantopoulos. The Greek keeper is likely to remain and there is also young keeper Connor Ripley. Monk wants the 30-year old Randolph to join his goalkeeping options. Konstantopoulos and Connor are on the extremes in terms of experience and age but Randolph represents a balance.

Boro wanted Newcastle United keeper Karl Darlow but their £5 million bid was rejected. While they are watching further developments the Hart opportunity came up. Crystal Palace submitted a bid for Adrian but reports say West Ham are also considering bids for Randolph as one keeper would likely remain at the London Stadium to play second fiddle.

Aside Randolph and Darlow, there are options for Boro in CostelPantilimon. The former Sunderland keeper joined Watford in 2016 but he has struggled to get game time. The Romanian international was decent for the current Championship side – which would have employed him more now that Jordan Pickford is gone. Watford would need a decent backup for first choice Heurelho Gomes so they might not be keen on releasing the player.

VALDES LINKED TO MANY SIDES AFTER BORO EXIT

Former Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes has been linked with numerous football sides following his exit from Middlesbrough this season.


Boro were relegated back to the Championship after an underwhelming season. Valdes had agreed a two year deal with the club when they were promoted but he agreed to cancel the remaining 12 months deal upon relegation.

Former Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes has been linked with numerous football sides following his exit from Middlesbrough this season.


Boro were relegated back to the Championship after an underwhelming season. Valdes had agreed a two year deal with the club when they were promoted but he agreed to cancel the remaining 12 months deal upon relegation.

Boro lost their top two keepers in Valdes and Brad Guzan. Guzan is set to resume in the MLS after agreeing terms with Atlanta United. Valdes has been linked with new league boys Newcastle and Huddersfield, aside one or two MLS sides.

Valdes played 28 Premier League games this season with Guzan featuring in the remaining ten. The third choice keeper DimiKonstantopoulos only featured once in the FA Cup game against Accrington Stanley. Konstantopoulos is expected to be promoted to second choice while Boro get another top keeper within their cut budget as first choice in the Championship.

Elsewhere, Man City signed Benfica keeper EdersonMoraes for £34.7 million. The deal is now the most expensive for a keeper. When Gianlugi Buffon moved from Parma to Juve, it was for £32.6 million but for a higher fee in Euro terms.

Ederson is expected to be the first choice keeper at Etihad with Claudio Bravo supporting him. Bravo replaced Valdes at Barcelona and he was in goal when Barca did the treble in 2015. Pep Guardiola brought him to England, spending £15.4 million, as replacement to Joe Hart. In the past season, the defence was quite terrible but he also had confidence issues that led to numerous mistakes. Bravo lost his spot to Willy Caballero, who was recently released.

Ederson would be the first choice while Bravo would back him up as Guardiola rotates in between competitions.

Valdes disappointed with result

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes said that he is disappointed with the result that saw his team draw with Swansea City.


Indeed this was a must-win game for both teams and unfortunately, Middlesbrough was not able to score the winning goal.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes said that he is disappointed with the result that saw his team draw with Swansea City.


Indeed this was a must-win game for both teams and unfortunately, Middlesbrough was not able to score the winning goal.

Victor Valdes was magnificent in this match despite having been criticized in recent weeks for letting in some easy goals. Indeed the goalkeeper makes two great chances that allowed his team to stay in the game and win a point.

However, the goalkeeper believes that his team had enough opportunities to win the game, but the strikers could not take their chances. In fairness, a draw might be a fair result given that both teams had their chances in the game, but very often the strikers made the wrong decision.

Middlesbrough could have won the game in the closing stage of the match with Rudy Gestede missing an easy opportunity after good work from Negredo. Unfortunately, Gestede will miss the target with his header and allow Swansea to take a point from this game.

Valdes said that the team is in a fight and it is important to pick up as many points as possible. He added that there are not many games left in the Premier League and with the other teams above them winning it is important that they go on a winning run of their own.

He believes that there is enough quality in the team at the moment to avoid relegation, but it is important that each and every player give their best on the pitch. He said that there are players that are coming back from injury as well and this could provide a welcome boost on the pitch.

Valdes said that the team would be fighting until the last game of the season to avoid relegation.

Is it time to drop Valdes from the starting lineup of Middlesbrough ?

So far, at the time of writing this article, Middlesbrough has played 2 competitive matches which were against Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday FC.


Middlesbrough had to settle with a goal-less draw against Leicester City but they managed to overcome Sheffield with a convincing 3-0 triumph.

So far, at the time of writing this article, Middlesbrough has played 2 competitive matches which were against Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday FC.


Middlesbrough had to settle with a goal-less draw against Leicester City but they managed to overcome Sheffield with a convincing 3-0 triumph.

Something to take into consideration from those matches is that Victor Valdes was not featured in any of those games which is a very surprising thing for a player that is consistently taking up the spotlight as the main shot-stopper of the Premier League club.

Victor Valdes is the first choice shot-stopper of Middlesbrough as he has already made 17 starts in the Premier League but considering his recent blunder and the low position of the club, it might be time for the Spanish player to start being dropped to the sidelines.

On December 26 of 2016, Middlesbrough faced off with Burnley in a match that resulted with Burnley just barely being able to edge out a victory and the only goal arrived after a mistake from Victor Valdes as he went all out in an attempt to grab a shot from Andre Grey but he failed to do it and the ball found it’s way into the net.

That was a huge blunder which ultimately led to Middlesbrough losing the entire match and even though it’s only 1 mistake out of all the matches that he has played, considering the fact that they have conceded 22 goals from their opening 20 Premier League matches of the season, it’s clear that something is wrong in the defensive back-line of Middlesbrough and some changes need to be made.

It seems like the manager of Middlesbrough, AitorKaranka is starting to notice this and he has dropped Victor Valdes from the 2 opening matches of 2017 that they have played, it remains uncertain if the Spanish player will be seeing more time on the bench or what will happen but things need to happen in order for Middlesbrough to start climbing spots in the Premier League and snatch a secure position above the relegation zone.

Victor Valdes is trying to revive his career with Middlesbrough

Ever since Victor Valdes ended his playing career with Barcelona on October of 2014, the Spanish shot-stopper has struggled to find a club where he can get consistent playing time and become a regular starter.


Injuries have been one of the factors that have seriously hampered the career of Victor Valdes as he has had to spend a significantly long period of time trying to get fit after having torn his anterior cruciate ligament which he picked up in Barcelona.

Ever since Victor Valdes ended his playing career with Barcelona on October of 2014, the Spanish shot-stopper has struggled to find a club where he can get consistent playing time and become a regular starter.


Injuries have been one of the factors that have seriously hampered the career of Victor Valdes as he has had to spend a significantly long period of time trying to get fit after having torn his anterior cruciate ligament which he picked up in Barcelona.

Victor Valdes played his final match as a player of Barcelona on March 26 of 2014 and he went on to join Manchester United, it’s with the training facilities of the Premier League club that Valdes is able to recover and get back to full fitness.

His time with Manchester United was cut short after the Spanish midfielder allegedly got into an issue with Louis van Gaal as he did not want to perform in a reserve match and his contract was eventually terminated.

Victor Valdes is now performing with the Premier League outfit Middlesbrough and he is actually a regular starter and he has been recently praised by the head coach Aitor Karanka who said that the Spanish shot-stopper is steadily performing better and the 43 year old tactican also revealed details concerning his relationship and situation with Victor Valdes as the manager said:

My relationship with Victor began when he was injured for the first time.His knee was operated on and I sent him a message, just like I did with Roberto Soldado. I saw myself in their situation, and I know that messages of this type help, so I dared to send it. And his response was positive. I’m happy to have him because the team needed leaders like him,”

“In a changing room you need that type of character. He has had to learn that we are not Barcelona, that Sergio Busquets is not there, that dead-ball situations are different, but he is improving a lot and he did very well against Arsenal.” Karanka said.

KARANKA HOPEFUL WITH VALDES

Victor Valdes has enjoyed a decent run this campaign at Middlesbrough, but Aitor Karanka says the former Barcelona first choice shot stopper can’t be compared to the player he once was in Spain.


However, Karanka says he will remain hopeful.

Victor Valdes has enjoyed a decent run this campaign at Middlesbrough, but Aitor Karanka says the former Barcelona first choice shot stopper can’t be compared to the player he once was in Spain.


However, Karanka says he will remain hopeful.

Three-time UEFA Champions League winner and six-time La Liga champions agreed to a deal to join Middlesbrough this summer, becoming the club’s most decorated player ever. Valdes agreed to a two-year deal. So far, he has made three Premier League games so far. The Spaniard missed two matches due to a minor hamstring injury, but is set to appear in goal when Boro play Tottenham Hotspurs this weekend.

When asked about Valdes’ performance, Karanka said the goalkeeper is nowhere near his former level. “He’s done well. He’s an experienced player, but the main thing that everyone has to understand is that it’s not Victor Valdes at Barcelona. If he was at that level, then he wouldn’t be here. He would be at a top team in the world – not just in England.”

Karanka said he brought the former Camp Nou regular to Boro because of his character and experience. “I didn’t bring him in just because he was an amazing goalkeeper at Barcelona. I brought him in because he’s a strong character, he’s an experienced head in the dressing room, and he’s going to help us a lot. Even when he was injured, he was helping us – especially the younger, inexperienced players,” he added.

Karanka added that he hopes the club can help Valdes to his best. For the past two and half years, Valdes has not been playing. Karanka added that there were a lot of people trusting him at the club. Karanka said he liked Valdes’ character in the squad – especially his winning mentality.

Victor Valdes has recovered from his hamstring injury

Victor Valdes has recently recovered from a hamstring injury which had left him unable to play for almost 1 month and the Spanish shot-stopper made his return in Middlesbrough’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace which concluded in a 2-1 defeat for Middlesbrough as the recently promoted Premier League club suffered their 1rst defeat of the season.


The 34 year old Spanish goal-keeper is trying to get his career back on track after being dropped to the sidelines during his time spent at Old Trafford as a player of Manchester United which was back on January of 2015 until January of 2016.

Victor Valdes has recently recovered from a hamstring injury which had left him unable to play for almost 1 month and the Spanish shot-stopper made his return in Middlesbrough’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace which concluded in a 2-1 defeat for Middlesbrough as the recently promoted Premier League club suffered their 1rst defeat of the season.


The 34 year old Spanish goal-keeper is trying to get his career back on track after being dropped to the sidelines during his time spent at Old Trafford as a player of Manchester United which was back on January of 2015 until January of 2016.

This means that Valdes spent around 1 year with Manchester United but failed to make even 5 League appearances with the Premier League club.

The experienced player is now performing with Middlesbrough as he is attempting to get consistent playing time with the English club after having signed a 2 year long deal with the club that was recently promoted to the Premier League.

In the 2 Premier League matches that Victor Valdes has played so far with his new club, the results have been fairly underwhelming as Middlesbrough had to settle with a draw against Stoke City and a defeat against Crystal Palace.

It’s likely that these upcoming seasons of Victor Valdes might be his last few ones as a player in the Premier League. At the age of 34, the Spanish player has suffered a huge dip in his form and he is simply not the reliable performer that he used to be some time ago when playing with Barcelona and after his 2 year-long contract with Middlesbrough reaches it’s not very likely that he can get a deal extension unless he manages to start picking things up and performing at a very high level which he has not done so far.

VICTOR VALDES PICKS UP INJURY AGAIN

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has picked up an injury not long after appearing in action for newly promoted side Middlesbrough FC.

Barely a week after making his Premier League debut in the season’s curtain raiser against Stoke City, his injury had resurfaced. The 34-year old Spain international was ruled out of the team’s list when they played Sunderland as he had picked up a muscle injury during training. He is set to miss the matches against Fulham and West Brom as his hamstring injury continues to hinder him.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has picked up an injury not long after appearing in action for newly promoted side Middlesbrough FC.

Barely a week after making his Premier League debut in the season’s curtain raiser against Stoke City, his injury had resurfaced. The 34-year old Spain international was ruled out of the team’s list when they played Sunderland as he had picked up a muscle injury during training. He is set to miss the matches against Fulham and West Brom as his hamstring injury continues to hinder him.

Valdes has made just 11 appearances since March 2014 as his struggles with injuries continue. The six time La Liga champion and three time Champions League winner’s form has dropped over the years, with the injuries worsening the situation. Ahead of the second round clash in the EFL against Fulham on Thursday, Aitor Karanka said Valdes would not be available. When Boro take on West Brom in the next round of Premier League games, Valdes remains a major doubt.

“He’s not available for tomorrow because muscle injuries sometimes fool you. On this occasion it was one of them – we didn’t think it was serious but for sure he won’t play tomorrow. I need to check 100%, but today I can’t say that he’ll play on Sunday. It’s his hamstring,” Karanka revealed.

Options exist in Brad Guzan, Tomas Mejias and Dimi Konstantopoulos. Karanka would just have to select the right choice to start at Craven Cottage. The manager added that Daniel Ayala, Fabio da Silva, and Jordan Rhodes are all likely to start the game in West London. After all the games played this week in the EFL second round, teams would square up against each other in their various league this weekend, with the new entrants into the Premier League not doing bad so far.

KARANKA SAYS VALDES AND NEGREDO ARE STILL TOP PLAYERS

Coach of newly promoted side Middlesbrough Aitor Karanka heaped praises on his new signings after their brilliant display in the opening game of the season.

Loanee from Spanish side Valencia, Negredo was on target when he scored the first goal of Middlesbrough after a seven year hiatus in the top flight league. Former Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes was in action in between the sticks for the freshly promoted club, earning the commendation of the coach.

“I called Victor when he had his knee injury. The same happened to me in Bilbao and I know how he was feeling. I called him again earlier in the summer and told him that before dismissing me, he should listen to me,” Karanka spoke of Valdes.

Boro were set for a victory until Xherdan Shaqiri scored a goal cancelling Negredo’s initial effort.
“It’s important for Negredo to score, as when we signed him I said that he needed to recover his confidence. A player who won the Premier League two or three years ago with Man City can’t forget to play – so for us, it’s an amazing signing. But we need to keep working with him, he scored the goal today but has to keep working as he knows that there’s not a player who is above the team,” Karanka spoke of Negredo to Middlesbrough Gazette after the game that ended 1-1.

As Valdes got a first team spot, Joe Hart seemed to have lost his at Manchester City as boss Pep Guardiola chose former second-ranked choice Willy Caballero ahead of him in the first game for City. Guardiola is still hoping to bring in a new first choice goal stopper to Etihad, but it seems Caballero would continue for now especially as the relationship between Hart and Guardiola appears strained.