The ex-Barcelona star joined Manchester United yesterday on an 18-month contract and Louis van Gaal confirmed he joins the club as no.2 behind De Gea.
His wealth of experience means there are few better no.2 goalkeepers than Valdes in the world and although he will be working to win the no.1 spot, Valdes knows he has a tough task on his hands with De Gea in such brilliant form.
“I think now, in the moment, David is the best goalkeeper in the world,” Valdes told MUTV.
“His performance every day and in every game shows everybody that his level is very high. He has had a great year and it is very nice. Now, I think he is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Some United fans are worried that Valdes’ arrival spells bad news for De Gea’s future at the club but the added competition will only drive De Gea to improve and get even better.
It’s going to be interesting seeing how De Gea develops now that Valdes has joined the club and although he is already one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he’s only going to keep getting better.