Although the president, manager and players of FC Barcelona have tried before and vowed to keep trying, it appears that Victor Valdes will not change his mind about seeing out his current contract and leaving the Nou Camp next summer. The Spanish international stopper restated his position in an interview this week and insisted that he and his family would be in another country this time next year.
The recent situation that Barcelona have faced with Thiago Alcantara could also have happened with another of the club’s stars of the future, Cristian Tello. The contract situation and release clauses involved with the players who come up through the famous La Masia academy must be sorted out, but it seems like it is too late to do anything about Thiago.
FC Barcelona have known for some time that Victor Valdes wants to leave the club and will not sign an extension to his current deal that ends next summer. The president Sandro Rosell and the manager Tito Vilanova have tried and failed to change his mind, so a new keeper is a must, sooner or later.
Although Valdes has promised to see out his contract before leaving, the club does not want to be in such a precarious position, so the scouting and transfer people have been looking at replacements, and are ready to move at the drop of a hat, with two players firmly in their thoughts.
If body language and facial expression is anything to go by, Fernando Torres has not been happy for some time. Barcelona could be about to change all that by bringing him back to Spain and giving his career the fresh start it seems to need.
Ever since his move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, the Spanish international has cut a forlorn figure. Even this season, when his form had improved and he scored 22 goals, some of them very important for the club, he has not looked comfortable. It does not take much for the Chelsea fans to get on his back, so it seems he will never be popular at the club.
The Brazilian striker and global star Neymar was unveiled to the Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou yesterday, but the Catalan club are far from finished in the summer transfer window. There is a common belief that it is at the other end of the pitch to the one that Neymar plays in, where Barca will be doing the most business.
Two of the players most heavily linked with a summer signing, though, have denied that they are planning to move, although in modern football this does not necessarily mean they won’t.
The arrival at Barcelona this week of the young Brazilian striker Neymar from Santos was the final nail in the coffin for David Villa and his career at the Nou Camp. It is a real shame that we did not see the best of him due to the injury he picked up playing in the Club World Cup in Japan at the beginning of 2012. That injury nearly ended his career, but he has recovered and is still a top transfer target, especially as Barca only want around £12 million for him.
Ever since the news broke that Victor Valdes has declined a new contract with Barcelona, there have been rumours and reports about who would be the new number one at the Nou Camp and when they would be coming. Some thought that Barca would move quickly and sign a new keeper in January, but Valdes has not demanded an instant move, just said that he wants to try somewhere else before his career ends.
The president and coach of Barcelona were firm and resolute in their intentions of not selling David Villa in the January transfer window, despite the 31-year old striker appearing only 15 times in La Liga, usually as a substitute, for an average of 40 minutes a game. Rosell and Vilanova have both stated that Villa is still an important part of their plans and will be a valuable part of the team, at least for the rest of the season.