Rift between Barcelona & Real Madrid will not affect Spanish national team - Victor Valdes

Goalkeeper unfazed by recent battles between La Liga's top-two sides and insists it is all behind them now, believing that the World Cup winners will remain united
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes the recent problems with Real Madrid will not spill over into the Spanish national team.

The four Clasicos generated much hostility, but Valdes thinks the tension will be kept at bay when Spain lock horns with the United States in a friendly next month.

"I am convinced the good vibes will continue for La Roja," he told the press ahead of Barcelona's game against Levante on Wednesday.

"I have no personal relationship with Real Madrid players, but I don't think all this [trouble] will pass onto the national side as what happens on the pitch remains there.

"Also, I don't think it's good to speak about it."

Valdes went on to discuss the race for the Pichichi, the award for La Liga's top-scorer. Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo leads the pack with 33 goals, followed by Lionel Messi on 31.

"I see Leo like always," he said. "When he has to score he does, when he has to give assists he does that too. He is a genius in everything.

"What will go down in history is what we achieve as a team. The individual titles come after the quality we have."

The Levante game could see Barca crowned champions if they draw, but Valdes wants to win in style.

"We don't play for a draw. We play to win and it will be important to win the title," he concluded.

The Spanish goalkeeper has played 30 games in La Liga this term.

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