Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:01/07/2013
Sunderland signed Valentin in July 2013 after his contract with Portuguese side Maritimo expired.
The Frenchman is a versatile defender and can be deployed both in the middle and out at left-back.
He progressed through the youth ranks with Guingamp before moving to PSG.
However, opportunities were limited in the French capital, forcing Valentin to move to Greek Super League side Aris.
He featured 25 times for the Greek side before moving to Portugal ahead of the 2010-11 campaign.
In his first season with Maritimo, Valentin played 27 games in all competitions as the Madeira Islands side finished 9th in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 victory over Naval in October 2010.
The following campaign was the most successful in Valentin's time at Maritimo; he played 32 games as Maritimo finished fifth in the Primeira Liga and also qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
Last season, Valentin added a further 38 appearances to his Maritimo tally, scoring twice as the club finished ninth in the league after being knocked out of the group stages of the Europa League.
Valentin featured in both of Maritimo’s draws with Newcastle United in the competition, while he scored in their 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in Portugal.
In total, Valentin played 108 times for the Portuguese side, scoring three goals.
Valentin made his first Sunderland appearance in a 1-0 home defeat to Fulham on 17th August 2013, scoring his first goal one month later in a 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Peterborough United.