Iniesta Hopes Fans Won't Turn On Valdes

Iniesta Hopes Fans Won't Turn On Valdes

Long-serving Barca goalkeeper Valdes told Barca's board last week via his agents that he did not intend to extend his contract, which ends in June 2014. This decision and its timing have been criticised in Catalonia,

Iniesta Hopes Fans Won't Turn On Valdes

but Iniesta said he hoped the fans would understand the decision and give full support to the team's push for trophies this season.

“I have no doubt about how the fans will react,” Iniesta said. “The only thing you can do is keep applauding him. It would be very unfair if the fans did not support Victor. It would be a mistake to start throwing stones amongst ourselves. We must be clever. Everyone’s objective is to get to June winning trophies.”

Iniesta said whatever happened now Valdes, who first joined the club two decades ago and kept goal in three of their four European Cup victories, would go down in history as one of Barca’s best ever keepers.

“He began here aged ten - he has been through every stage,” the midfielder said. “He passed through some very difficult moments and he overcame them. Without him you cannot understand the trophies this Barca have won. He is one of the most important players in this club’s entire history.”

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