Transfer news

Barcelona urge Valdes to stay

April 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists the Spanish giants will not recruit a new goalkeeper in the summer if Victor Valdes decides to see out his current contract at the Camp Nou.

Victor Valdes
AssociatedValds has been unsettled at Barcelona this season

Valdes, 31, has been targeted by Anzhi Makachkala and Arsenal this season, with the Premier League side looking firm favourites to secure his services next season as the Spaniard's future at Barcelona remains uncertain.

But the La Liga leaders have urged Valdes to remain at the club until his current contract expires in June 2014 and Bartomeu claims the Spain international will not be pushed out of the first team next season.

"[President Sandro] Rosell has had contact with Valdes to make it clear that we have to leave the doors open [if Valdes decides to leave]," he said.

"As we prioritise sporting aspects, we prefer to run out the contract until June 2014 rather than sell him this summer. We have no deadline in Valdes' case, one option is to run to the end of his contract and in that case we will not sign a goalkeeper [in the summer]."