VALDES RULES OUT CESC MOVE TO MADRID

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he can not imagine Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas joining Real Madrid. There's been speculation in the press recently linking the Blancos with a sensational £50 million swoop for Fabregas but Valdes remains sceptical.

"I cannot imagine Cesc wearing the white shirt," he said, according to ESPNsoccernet. "As you know, I believe his wish is to return home [to Barca], although that is not up to me.

"He knows our system perfectly and he would fit in well here."

The 29-year-old shot stopper went on to reveal that the squad has reacted positively to the news that coach Pep Guardiola will pen a new deal with Barca later this month.

Guardiola has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Spanish giants, keeping him at the club until the end of next season, with an official announcement expected to be made on February 22.