Barcelona ‘Keeper Victor Valdes Ready To Take On Real Madrid Challenge

After finally ending the drama that was his contract negotiations, the Barca shot-stopper is now looking forward to the real matter of football.

Victor Valdes ended months of speculation and uncertainty yesterday when he signed a contract improvement that will see him stay at Barcelona until 2014.

This will ensure that the 27-year-old participates in many, many more ‘Clasico’ blockbusters with Real Madrid in the future, but he’s already looking forward to the next available showdown in the upcoming campaign as well as the threat the resurrected Galacticos will pose to Barca’s supremacy.

“After winning the three trophies like we did, it’s normal for them to feel some anxiety,” he was quoted as saying by Sport.

“We must have patience and confidence in ourselves. It’s logical what Madrid are doing [in the transfer market] because they need to create a dramatic effect, especially after what Barcelona did on the pitch this year.”

When asked if the Blaugrana can fight off the €200 million-plus assault from Los Blancos, Valdes replied, “We did some mighty impressive things last season and we will have to see what can be produced on the field again.

“All the teams are strengthening their squads very well and it is going to be a very difficult season.”    

Finally, the Catalan born-and-bred shot-stopper showed his gratitude to club supremo Joan Laporta for sorting out the contract wrangle.

“The president has always expressed his confidence and his desire to see me remain at the club,” he revealed.

“Today, we are both very happy and we gave each other a big hug because we are delighted that we can continue working together for many more years to come.”    

KS Leong,