Saturday, 10 January 2009

Barcelona working on Valdes renewal

Asked about the contract situation of some players of the squad, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed in an interview with Catalan radio station Catalunya Ràdio that the club wants to renew the contract of Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés (26):

"We wants some players to stay at the club for many more years and one of them is Víctor Valdés. But this issue is being taken care of by the sports director."

Madrid sports tabloid Marca claims that Valdés, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2010, is one of the key players Barcelona wants to offer a renewal. The club considers that given his age, the Catalan goalkeeper can still make progress.

Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain would be preparing the renewal and would already have had a first contact with the player's agent. The negotiations will be started soon and despite the player wanting to stay, the talks aren't expected to be easy because of the financial demands of the player (read more here).

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that the talks with Valdés have already started, which means that the goalkeeper is the next player the club wants to reach a renewal agreement with. The starting positions of both parties are far from each other but the clear intention to close a deal makes a positive outcome very probable.

Read more:
Valdes is next renewal target
Guardiola asked for three goalkeepers
Tottenham was looking for Valdes agent

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