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Barcelona hope £30m Chelsea 'keeper isn't needed

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says he is still holding hope that Victor Valdes will sign a new deal with the club.

Valdes has previously announced his intentions to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires next summer.

His announcement has seen Barcelona linked with a number of goalkeepers including the likes of Pepe Reina and Iker Casillas.

Most recently however, Barcelona were linked with a £30m move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian star has been impressive during his three season loan spell with Atletico Madrid and it was reported that a £30m offer could tempt Jose Mourinho to part with him.

However, Rosell has confirmed that Barcelona are not looking for replacements just yet, saying that his No.1 priority is trying to convince Valdes to stay.

He is quoted on SkySports as saying: "I have tried to convince him to stay but I cannot tell you that we have met as yet."

"Of course, I have tried and he has not yet come off. I will certainly be trying again.

"We have a year left and that is a long time."

The news will come as music to Chelsea fans ears, who see Courtois as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

Rosell also poured scorn on reports that Barcelona were interested in Real Madrid 'keeper Casillas, saying there was no chance of seeing him play for the Catalan club.

"No, in no case," he continued.

"Some players are iconic to one club. Madrid would not think about signing Xavi and I can never see Casillas wearing the Barca badge."

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Victor Valdes
Iker Casillas
Real Madrid
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