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Victor Valdes Renews Barcelona Contract Until 2014

Barcelona can now stop their search for a replacement first-choice goalkeeper, after Victor Valdes agreed to sign a contract renewal that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2014.

According to Marca, the club’s technical director, Txiki Begiristain, held talks with the player’s father as well as his agent, Gines Carvajal, late Thursday evening and all parties have come to an agreement.

“The meeting is now closed” were Carvajal’s first words when he emerged from his office and he also went on to strongly deny that Valdes had requested a pay packet of €9 million per season, a figure that the Barca board had declared that they would not entertain.

During contract negotiations, the 27-year-old had been linked to various clubs, including AC Milan and Manchester United, while the Blaugrana were reportedly tracking replacements such as Sebastien Frey and Sergio Asenjo.

The Spanish press have not yet speculated on how much Valdes will now be earning but there have been conflicting reports of his actual contract length, with El Mundo Deportivo claiming that the new term will run until 2015.

Barcelona are expected to make an official announcement later on Friday.

KS Leong,