Victor Valdes Contacted by Monaco for Barcelona Transfer, Says Ludovic Giuly
Ludovic Giuly has confirmed Monaco’s intention to sign Victor Valdes when he leaves Barcelona this summer.
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.
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.
Valdes would also link up with former Barca teammate Eric Abidal, who joined in July, per BBC Sport.
Will Barcelona miss Victor Valdes?
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.
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