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Valdes Craves Champs League Send-Off

Victor Valdes wants to win the Champions League this season.

The Barcelona shot-stopper is leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and if the Catalans reach the Champions League final it would be his last match in their colours.

And the Spanish international certainly played like a man with a mission during Barca’s win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

The score may have been 4-0 in their favour, but Barca had to deal with a number of tricky moments, as Ajax attacked their goal.

Each time, Valdes came up trumps. And he made sure he kept a clean sheet with a typically athletic penalty save from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the 77th-minute.

After the match, Valdes admitted that he has set his sights on lifting the Champions League crown, as a fitting parting present to the club he has served so well.

"I would be very excited to win this Champions League and I want to win it in whatever manner possible," Valdes said.

"I know that it will be the last one I compete in with Barca.

"I am very grateful for the people's support. That gives me even more confidence."

Barca boss Tata Martino has praised Valdes for his work ethic despite the fact that he already knows he will be leaving.

And with Iker Casillas seemingly doomed to spend the season in the treatment room and on the bench at Real Madrid, there are increasing calls for in-form Valdes to be Spain’s ‘keeper for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

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