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Valdes hoping for Pep stay

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Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has joined the growing number of players singing the praises of manager Pep Guardiola.

With the former Spanish international midfielder's contract at the Nou Camp set to expire at the end of the season, players from the club have been quick to applaud his work in Catalonia in an effort to persuade the boss to stay on.

And, whilst a decision over a new deal appears no closer, Valdes is convinced that the improvements shown in the past three years under Guardiola prove he's one of the great managers in the game.

"With Guardiola, Barcelona have improved every year, and every season we play better than we did the season before," he told RAC 1.

"He has marked an era at the club and I hope he will continue here for many more years."

The 40-year-old has won 12 trophies during his reign at Barca, the most successful period for anyone at the La Liga outfit. The silverware includes three domestic trophies and two Champions League victories.

Life is proving tougher this season though, with Real Madrid three points clear at the top of the Spanish table.

However, Valdes is confident Barcelona can reclaim top spot, and will ave the perfect chance when they visit the Bernabeu on December 10th.

"It will be a tense and vibrant match, in which good football will be displayed," said the 29-year-old.

"Madrid have always been a very strong team and they have always been at the top, fighting for the titles."

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