FORMER Barcelona and Man Utd keeper Victor Valdes has been named as the manager of lowly fourth-tier Spanish side Horta.
The 38-year-old will take over next season at the Barcelona-based team, which plays in group five of the Catalan third division and has a 5,000-capacity home stadium.
President Paco Carmona insisted on Thursday after confirming the news: “We haven’t signed anything, we’ve just shaken hands.”
The club, full name Unio Atletica d’Horta, marked its star new signing by posting a picture of Valdes alongside the message: “Welcome Victor.
“We hope you have a lot of success and triumphs as the head of our club.”
The former shot-stopper, regarded as one of Barcelona’s best keepers ever and capped 20 times for Spain, spent just over a year at Old Trafford after signing an 18-month deal in January 2015 as backup for David de Gea.
He was placed on the transfer list after a fall-out with then-manager Louis van Gaal.
After a short loan spell at Belgian club Standard Liege, he signed a two-year free transfer deal with Middlesborough before leaving the club in July 2017 and retiring from football the following month.
He returns to management after coaching amateur Madrid side ED Moratalaz and a short spell managing Barcelona’s youth team which ended with his sacking after just three months in October 2018.
Valdes was shown the exit door after reportedly having a furious row with Patrick Kluivert who was the Director of Youth Football at the Nou Camp.
There has been no official comment so far from Valdes or his stunning Colombian wife Yolanda Cardona.
Cardona famously slammed Manchester United on Instagram while he was at the club after claiming he was not invited to its November 2015 Unicef Gala Dinner with the rest of the first-team squad.