Victor Valdes has declared his love for Boro after his solid performance against Everton on Saturday helped earn Aitor Karanka's side another clean sheet in the Premier League.

The goalkeeper is Boro's most decorated player of all time, having won the World Cup, European Cup and multiple Champions League titles.

But Valdes insists Boro's battle for survival makes no difference and says winning football matches is the only thing on the former Barcelona man's mind.

"Some people maybe think it's a special challenge for me but football is always the same," said Valdes when asked how Boro's campaign compares to others in his long career.

"You go to the pitch to win games and you don't think of whether you're in the relegation zone or at the top. I always want to win games. Especially with Boro because I love this team."

Ronald Koeman's Everton were in good form heading into their trip at the Riverside and hadn't lost in the Premier League since December.

But Boro held firm on Teesside and were unlucky not to take three points when Joel Robles made a superb save from Rudy Gestede in the dying minutes.

"We always try to win but Everton are a very good team," said Valdes. "Saturday was a hard game for both teams, especially in the second half. 

"It's a good result in the end. I feel very happy and very proud when I try to make a lot of saves. 

"Especially when I help the team with my job. That's my main goal and what I work for every week so Saturday was a very special day for me, getting another clean sheet."