BARCELONA READY FOR DIFFICULT SEASON

Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona will be ready for a difficult season ahead. The Spanish international stated that he is not concerned about what Real Madrid does in the transfer market this summer, and is focused only on his club.

"I do not want to talk about Real Madrid. I am only talking about Barcelona. We know that another tough and long season awaits us, but we will be up for it," Valdes was quoted as saying by El Periodico de Catalunya.

"People know my philosophy. For me, football is all about having the ball and winning games. My personal task is not to concede goals."

Valdes then went on to say that Barcelona’s Champions League final win over Manchester United was special for him on a personal level, as it meant that he had achieved his target of lifting the trophy on three separate occasions.