The Spaniard has been in simply stunning form this season but has proven his worth ever since joining the club back in 2011 with performances that keep on getting better.
Whilst Valdes appears to be just a more solid back-up option to de Gea with Anders Lindegaard rumoured to be leaving the club, Valdes offers good competition, experience and a helping Spanish hand to the younger De Gea.
After the news broke on Twitter, we asked fans whether they thought Valdes’ arrival changes anything for De Gea and the opinion was very divided.
Some felt it had no effect on De Gea:
@PeoplesPerson_ Dave’s contract will be extended. Money is not a problem. He’s merely been signed as a precaution and a safety blanket.
— SEUN (@Daniel_Onas) January 7, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ would be a decent backup goalkeeper and maybe helps DDG behind the scenes. Lots of experience to share with him
— Jamie Cole (@jamiecole_) January 7, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Nah. They are releasing 2 lesser keepers. Vic is just back from a long break. it’ll take him some time to usurp DDG
— Alan Holden (@Baldrick2Dogs) January 7, 2015
Not a bit. Common sense says a two year deal isn’t long term planning/replacement. A very good backup, nothing more. @PeoplesPerson_
— Praetor (@aanuajayi) January 7, 2015
@peoplesperson_ The fact remains that De Gea will never join Real Madrid-the rivals of his beloved boyhood club Atletico. END of debate!!
— Saurabh MUFC (@Saurabh1999) January 7, 2015
But some fans feel the signing of Valdes may just add to the rumours of de Gea’s impending move to Real Madrid either in the summer or next summer.
— Piyush Mufc Sharma (@hazenfrog) January 7, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ If Dave wants Madrid move & £ is right, Utd would let him go & Valdes would be a ready made already secured stop gap. But ..
— Dave Hanley (@InvictusDave) January 7, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I would feel better if De Gea actually signed a new contract. Signing a world class no.2 is a bit strange, so I’m worried!
— Karan Patel (@karanmufc87) January 7, 2015
@peoplesperson_ Quality backup to De Gea, not sure when DDG leaves but I think it’s inevitable he goes to Madrid at some point in nxt 3 yrs.
— Levi Harville (@Harville2) January 7, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ yes. He will sign a contract and then leave within a year or two. If he wanted to stay so much he would’ve signed by now
— Ashfaq (@AshfaqA10) January 7, 2015
What do you think? Does Valdes’ arrival mean De Gea is more likely to leave