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Iniesta: Don't Throw Stones At Valdes

Iniesta: Don't Throw Stones At Valdes

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12 / / Jan 22, 2013 01:31 PM
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When Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona it was seen by the club’s fans as a spiritual homecoming. And when David Villa joined from Valencia it was considered natural by the Camp Nou faithful that Spain’s top scorer would choose to wear their colours.

Similarly, it was thought a fate worse than death when Barca spurned Zlatan Ibrahimovic, even after his first season there resulted in a double-figure goal return.

Catalans like to think of their favourite club as the footballing equivalent to Shangri La, so it has come as a major shock that a lifetime Barca boy- Victor Valdes- sees his future elsewhere.

By all accounts, the La Liga-hunting side have been thrown into turmoil with the news that Valdes deems Barca ‘quitable.’

And it is the nature of fans to feel personally offended when the clubs they love are not seen the same light by others.

However, Valdes’ Barca and Spain team-mate, Andres Iniesta, insists that the Blaugrana supporters need not turn on Valdes. Instead, he hopes they give the ‘keeper extra support, for the good of the entire Barca team.

“I have no doubt about how the fans will react,” Iniesta said.

“The only thing you can do is keep applauding him. It would be very unfair if the fans did not support Victor. It would be a mistake to start throwing stones amongst ourselves. We must be clever. Everyone’s objective is to get to June winning trophies.”

“He [Valdes] began here aged ten - he has been through every stage,” Iniesta continued.

“He passed through some very difficult moments and he overcame them. Without him you cannot understand the trophies this Barca have won. He is one of the most important players in this club’s entire history.”

Meanwhile, Barca boss Tito Vilanova, is adamant that Valdes’ bombshell will not derail the club’s hitherto seemingly unstoppable march towards La Liga glory.

“This is not news which is going to affect us between here and the end of the season. If we do not win, it will not be for that,” Vilanova said.

“As a player I would prefer to have Victor here as he is the best goalkeeper in the world and will miss him a lot.

“As a person I respect his decision as each individual is in charge of their own life.”

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Kaytlali Level 1
Best goalkeeper in the world?? SMH that's why he has never been included in the World XI, that's why he has spain national team caps that are less than the fingers in your one hand!!!! The way Barca likes overrrating their players, makes me want to vomit!!!! Valdes has always just been adding up the numbers there, just like the rest at Barca!!! Only 4 great players there are: Messi, Xavi, Ineista, Alves... The rest are all adding up the numbers

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Masingita7 Level 1
Victor is 33 now- he is old to join other teams, haaaa!

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wagono Level 1
boil 1 nda, u need to get your head examined my bra & for the sake of your psychiatric wellbeing i begg you to not take this for granted.

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boii 1nda Level 1
They must take Khune

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LEEROY246 Level 4
A player with so much loyalty diserves nothn but the best reception from fans in every game from now......what he has achvd wth barca shouldnt be ovashadowd by a few countable houlers-spain's no.3 diserves respect even though he is jst an ordinary goalkeeper.

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breeze204 Level 1
this 2 shall pass lets hope ther is another young servant waiting on the wings of which i believe there is

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tsekmessi10 Level 1
@talent 20 its best u do a research before u comment Baba, valdes is spanish

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Talent20 Level 1
He won evrything thr is to win,plus he's old! Let him go,We need a spanish goal keeper thts all.He served us well,Bt let him go if he wants to! Wish him all the best..As 4 Iniesta,Ur simply da best my mahn.

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bronzi Level 1
Recent meetings of the first round of the Cup of Africa:1x2wins.com

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glen274 Level 1
Shame,as mch as South Africans barca fans are not appreciating him,I can imagine how barca fans in spain are reacting,thing is, he has done so mch 4da team bt afta dt 1mistake (the D'Maria saga on supa cup) Barca fans hav not forgive hm,dey still calling 4his head 4every mistake he makes,,even ds season in my opinion, Valdes is mch beta den our own Ike ,bt hav we turn our back on him??hell no!!!Barca fans are ungreatfull, 4rm South Africa 2all over da world!! What a shame!! &ds critisizing really de-motivate a pleya

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netshiro Level 2
They think Barca is the only team in the world, they are teams who pays much better than barca, is only not about good football is about money being paid for your skills you are providing for the club, everyone would like to play for barca and Real but you must be prepared to appriciate and pay the skills, like Real they see your skills they pay for your talent

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