VALDES SET TO GO

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently announced that he will be definitely leaving the club at the end of the season, but that has not prevented him from praising super star Lionel Messi as a god.

Messi is regarded as the best player in the world after having won the last four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. Valdes has improved dramatically in the last few years and he will find no shortage of interested parties. It is expected that he will announce the decision of his next club in January when he will be free to talk with interested parties.

It has long been rumoured that he will be joining Bayern Munich in order to be reunited with Pep Guardiola, but that has been ruled out. Now, he is linked with a move to Manchester city and Monaco. He has also spoken about the current change in style of play at the club.

Gerardo Martino has revealed that he wants his Barcelona team to have a different approach to the game rather than only the passing style of football, which has become synonymous with the club in the last five years.

“Messi is the best. For me, Messi is God because of what he’s given to the team and because of the experiences I’ve had as his team-mate. Also because of what I’ve had to suffer in training, it’s not easy. Coming from an excellent level I understand that it may be complicated for people to accept that I play long balls from the back, but our rivals know us well now and it’s easier to analyse us. We’ve improved in that regard,” said Valdes to the Unibet website.

This has meant that Barcelona have been playing long balls, which is the only disadvantage of the system according to Valdes.