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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.”

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