Barcelona fans hatch plan to keep Valdes

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Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes revealed in the summer that he would end his association with the club when the 2013-14 season concludes, but some hardened Catalans are not yet ready to resign themselves to the departure of their goalkeeper.

Valdes will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and will resist the offer of any extension to his current Barcelona deal in order to explore another opportunity away from the Camp Nou.

The 31-year-old Spain international has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City, but there are some Barcelona fans who remain determined not to allow Valdes to move to the Emirates Stadium or the Etihad.

While Barcelona as a club realise they would be fighting an apparent lost cause in attempting to convince Valdes to stay, 18,000 fans are willing to quite literally taking things into their own hands by linking together in a 18-km long line.

Catalan newspaper Diario SPORT has polled fans to ask them what they would do to keep Valdes from the clutches of the likes of Arsenal and City, with the most popular choice of those proposed to create a human-chain from the Camp Nou to his house in Gava.

The intention of the chain is to demonstrate that the link between Valdes and Barcelona can not be broken easily, with the hope the Gunners target will decide to remain in Catalonia.

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