Barcelona legend Victor Valdes signed for Middlesbrough on the back of his issues with Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United. The then Manchester United boss claimed that Victor Valdes has been placed on the transfer list after failing to turn out for the reserves. He was frozen out of the first team at Old Trafford despite being registered in the Premier League squad. Valdes saw a move to Turkish Super League giants Beskitasfall through at the start of2016. He went on to join Standard Liege on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.
Victor Valdes signed a two-year deal at Boro upon joining them at the end of his contract with the Red Devils. The Spanish international shot stopper signed for the midlands club as a free agent on July 7, 2016. His move to Boro was influenced by compatriot AitorKaranka. He played his first game for Middlesbrough against Stoke City. His debut against the Potters ended in a 1-1 draw in the Premier League clash held on August 13, 2016.
Valdes had to wait for two months for his first clean sheet in the Premier League and that was against North London giants Arsenal. The Gunners played out a goalless draw with Boro on October 22, 2016.
Middlesbrough dropped into the Premier League relegation zone following the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City on March 17, 2017. Karanka was sacked later in March 2017. Valdes and fellow goalkeeper Brad Guvan left Boroshortly after they were relegated from the Premier League.
Victor Valdes had several offers in the summer of 2017 but he didn’t take any of the offers. He retired as a professional footballer at the start of the 2017/18 season. Valdes confirmed his retirement from football officially in the winter transfer window in 2018.