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Rosell keen to keep Valdes

13 May 2013 20:06

Barcelona want to keep Victor Valdes beyond this season, despite the goalkeeper announcing his intention to leave Camp Nou.

Valdes, 31, came through the club's youth system and has never left, making more than 450 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants.

But at the start of 2013, Valdes – who is contracted at the club until 2014 - announced that he would leave Barcelona, leading to Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina being linked with a switch back to his native Spain.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will, alongside coach Tito Vilanova and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, request a meeting with Valdes and they are keen to keep him for next season.

"I want to speak with the player," Rosell said.

"Tito, Zubizarreta and I would like a direct meeting. The player does not have to leave the club in the summer as his deal ends in 2014. After that we will analyse the goalkeeping situation."

Barcelona wrapped up the Liga title on the weekend, after Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Espanyol on Saturday.

Barca have now won four of the last five La Liga titles, and Rosell expressed his delight on Twitter, hailing their success as the best in the club's decorated history.

He posted: "This league title is very special. It's the reward for all the effort, the fighting spirit and perseverance of an extraordinary group of players.

"If I had to name two people in the league title, I would name Tito and (Eric) Abidal. It has been a special league victory. The most special in the club's history after so many setbacks and complications. It has been a long one.

"I think we've been excellent. The previous season was not so good, although we won the Copa del Rey. The best manager (Pep Guardiola) in the club's history departed. That's what made it so great.

"I believe we're always the best in the world. We're still the best club on the planet. However, you must be self-critical. The things we thought had to be improved must be improved."

Meanwhile, Barcelona have announced that 19-year-old forward Gerard Deulofeu is set to sign a new deal.

Deulofeu's new deal will see him tied to the club until 2017, with the youngster – who is rated highly by Camp Nou staff – to have a release clause of 35 million euros.

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