Register Login Live

International

Valdes Told To Pack His Bags & Go

Barcelona’s former goalkeeper coach, Juan Carlos Unzue, says that shot stopper Victor Valdes should pack his bags and go.

Valdes will not be renewing his contract with the Spanish champions, and until last week had been the subject of intense transfer speculation.

But he then gave a press conference to say that he would remain at the club next season, and leave as a free agent at the end of the campaign.

Unzue, who coached Valdes for years until he left Barca himself last season, thinks the ‘keeper should just go now however.

He says it would be better for Valdes and Barca to end what has been an uncomfortable period of uncertainty, which threatened to sour a previously happy relationship.

"It would be easier and better if he left now and not next year,” Unzue told Catalunya Radio.

“[The situation] is a bit messy, left open between the two possibilities - to go or to stay on.”

And if Valdes were to go, Unzue says a “young” ‘keeper would be the best bet to replace him.

Barca have been linked to Liverpool’s Spanish shot stopper, Pepe Reina, as well as Borussia Monchengladbach’s up-and-coming 21-year-old German international, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

And it is clear which of the two options the ex-Barca coach thinks is best for his old team.

“There is always a fear of change, and although a player can be vital as Victor has been, nobody is irreplaceable," he added.

“If a new keeper comes now, if he is young, and if he finds a strong team, that will help him. Now, and even more with the signing of Neymar, I am sure that the team is strong.”

Barcelona's Valdes Out For 2013

Valdes Link To Monaco Confirmed

Valdes Eye's Monaco Move

Valdes To Stay At Barca

47 comments

Top 5

Al Ahly To Double Pitso’s Downs Salary?

129 Sep 30, 2020 01:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

7 Coaches Who Could Take Over From Pitso

101 Sep 30, 2020 04:21 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

18 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Exciting New Gig For Multi-Talented Khanye!

48 Sep 30, 2020 08:11 AM in PSL

Inside Chiefs: Images Of Amakhosi Back At Training!

43 Sep 27, 2020 02:31 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Hunt Set To Assess 5 Players Returning To Chiefs

56 Sep 27, 2020 05:35 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Coaches Who Could Take Over From Pitso

101 Sep 30, 2020 04:21 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Official: Swallows Announce Seventh Signing

40 Sep 26, 2020 08:53 AM in PSL

Hunt’s Chiefs Transfer Ban Dilemma

68 Sep 29, 2020 05:55 PM in SL Radio

Insiders Confirm Pitso’s Downs Resignation

171 Sep 30, 2020 11:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pitso Breaks Silence On Sundowns Exit

119 Sep 30, 2020 01:55 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Pirates Unveil Brand New Kit For 2020/21 Season

170 Sep 29, 2020 07:26 AM in Orlando Pirates