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Smalling: We've been quizzing Valdes about Barcelona


Manchester United's Victor Valdes

Manchester United's Victor Valdes

Manchester United's Victor Valdes

Chris Smalling has revealed the Manchester United players have been asking Victor Valdes about what it was like to play for Barcelona.

Valdes has been training with United since October and agreed an 18-month deal earlier this month. The 33-year-old was named on the bench against Southampton and QPR and is in line to make his first-team debut against Cambridge in the FA Cup on Friday night.

Valdes came through Barcelona's academy and made 535 appearances for the Spanish side before leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

And Smalling says the United players have been quick to tap up the keeper about what it was like to play at the Nou Camp alongside Lionel Miessi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Smalling said: "He is someone that we all look up to through what he's achieved already in his career, but you can see that he's nowhere near done yet.

"On the training field he's so sharp and you can see that he's very agile. He's such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United.

"We've heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions. Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well."

Meanwhile, United target Mats Hummels insists Champions League qualification won't determine whether or not he leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Dortmund are second from bottom of the Bundesliga and look unlikely to finish in the top four even with a charge up the table in the second half of the season.

They sit 17th and in the relegation places on 15 points with Borussia Monchengladbach, who are fourth and in the last of the Champions League places, on 27 points.

But the 26-year-old insists that doesn't necessarily mean he'll leave in the sumer.

He said: "All those rumours are another issue I have never commented about. I've done that in the past, and I will continue to do so. Europe is no longer is a realistic issue. I don't need to play in the Champions League to be happy."