Barcelona are still insisting that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will remain with the club until his contract expires at the end of next season. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer after he rejected the offer of a new deal but with no new keeper expected to move to the club Valdes could be held to the terms of his current deal.
“Victor will stay until the end of his contract next summer,” Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa told a press briefing this morning.
The spokesman also tried to curb rumours about player sales and recruitment but he admitted that there may be more business transacted this summer than in recent years; however, he avoided discussing specific players claiming it could compromise negotiations.
“The planning for next season is optimal and Barca have the best team to compete next year,” he said. However, Freixa said the club had received no response from defender Eric Abidal over the offer of a new deal. Abidal’s future is expected to decided in the coming days when he meets with president Sandro Rosell but the club are expected to offer the Frenchman an honorary position with an ambassadorial role at the club rather than a position on the playing side.
Freixa added that he was not aware of any of Barca’s coaching and backroom staff expected to move to Bayern Munich this summer to team up with former coach Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona Expecting Busy Summer
Barcelona’s transfer budget for the coming close season is expected to be around 50million euro plus whatever they can raise from player sales and three regular first-team players are being tipped to leave the club this summer.
Striker David Villa has failed to find his form this season after missing eight months of last year through injury. Barca hope to raise 10-12million euro for the player who is interesting Atletico Madrid and Arsenal. Midfielder Adriano ,28, is looking for a new four-year deal and the club may decide to cash in on him this summer instead while Mexican midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, 23, may also be heading for the exit after just five first-team appearances this year.
Three on-loan players, defender Andreas Fontas, currently at Mallorca and midfielders Ibrahim Afellay at Schalke 04 and Isaac Cuenca at Ajax, will all have their cases judged on their individual merits. Cuenca has already expressed a preference to remain with the Dutch side for another season.
Four players are set to be promoted from the B team, currently in eighth place in Spain’s second division.
Forward Gerard Deulofeu signed a new deal with the club earlier this week and could go out on loan. A decision will be made in conjunction with the player before the end of August with Real Sociedad one of the leading contenders. A spell at a club in Germany, Holland or England hasn’t been ruled out.
Midfielder Sergi Roberto may also head out on loan though he could spend the first half of the season with the first team. Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are interested.
B team goalkeeper Oier may look for a team which will guarantee him first-team football. The 23-year-old has over 120 appearances for the second string, while midfielder Rafinha will have to be convinced about the merits of moving between the B team and the first team.
B team defender Marc Muniesa is expected to leave the club.