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Victor Valdes determined to leave Barcelona

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Barcelona have not given up hope of convincing goalkeeper Victor Valdes to stay at the club - but the Spain international remains determined to leave the Nou Camp, according to Marca.

Valdes' contract expires at the end of the season, and the 31-year-old revealed in May that he would not be signing an extension with the Catalan giants.

"Being the goalkeeper at the club is a big weight to carry and I have felt it since I was very young," Valdes said earlier this year. "There is a lot of pressure, and the demands I put on myself to make sure Barca win is a heavy weight to carry."

Valdes emerged through the youth ranks at Barcelona before making his senior debut in 2002.

He has gone on to make over 500 club appearances over the last 11 years, winning a host of major honours along the way, including six La Liga titles and three European Cups.

But the goalkeeper believes the time is right to move on - despite many at the club attempting to convince him otherwise.

Several clubs have been linked with the Spaniard in recent months, including Chelsea, who may be open to the idea of swapping Valdes for Petr Cech in January, according to reports from Spain.

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