Victor Valdes Contacted by Monaco for Barcelona Transfer, Says Ludovic Giuly

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26:  Victor Valdes of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Ludovic Giuly has confirmed Monaco’s intention to sign Victor Valdes when he leaves Barcelona this summer.

The 37-year-old, who used to play alongside Valdes at the Camp Nou, confirmed he has spoken to the Spanish goalkeeper about a potential move, as reported by BeIN Sport and via Ian Holyman of ESPN:

He needs to find out about something new, and I know Monaco have contacted him discreetly many times already.

He's also talked to me about it. We've discussed it, and he's happy they have been in touch. I don't know which decision he'll take, but there has been contact. We'd be happy to see him at Monaco.

Valdes previously stated his intention to leave La Blaugrana at the end of this season, per BBC Sport. The 31-year-old rose through Barca’s youth ranks and has represented the first-team for over a decade.

This tenure has seen the stopper win six La Liga titles, two Copa Del Rey trophies and six Spanish Super Cups. Alongside this, Valdes has three Champions League triumphs, two UEFA Super Cup victories and a duo of FIFA World Club Cup wins.

Despite failing to oust Iker Casillas from the Spanish national team, he was also part of the squads that captured glory at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Eric Abidal (R) of FC Barcelona lifts the trophy and celebrates with teammates Victor Valdes (2L), Xavi (2R) and Gerard Pique (behind) after victory in the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United F
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Valdes has conceded seven goals in 11 La Liga games this season, per Who Scored. Barcelona currently lead La Liga with 31 points and are four clear of Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand. Despite the recent change of manager, Gerardo Martino’s side have an overwhelming chance to clinch another domestic title.

The likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez headed to Monaco this summer as the principality spent lavishly on major talent. Valdes' transfer to Stade Louis II would further signal the club's intention on toppling Paris Saint-Germain's dominance.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Eric Abidal of Monaco looks on during the the pre season friendly match between Leicester City and Monaco at The King Power Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Valdes would also link up with former Barca teammate Eric Abidal, who joined in July, per BBC Sport.

Although Valdes' move would signal the end of an era for Barcelona, the Catalan club appear to have replacements already lined up.

Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is linked with a move to Spain, per Sky Sports, while Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois could also make his way to the Camp Nou, per Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

During an era of major change for the club, whoever replaces Valdes has a huge legacy to follow.