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Barcelona star goalkeeper Victor Valdes to leave

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Victor Valdes has reiterated his desire to seek a new challenge and admits his time at Barcelona is over.

The Spain international's contract ends at the end of the season after coming through the famed youth academy at the Nou Camp.

Valdes, who made is debut in 2002, has won 19 trophies at Barcelona and has the most goalkeeping appearances in competitive games for the Catalan club.

Having spent his entire career at the club, teammates including Andres Iniesta have publicly stated they have tried to persuade Valdes to extend his stay.

However, despite the pressure from his teammates, the 31-year-old admits he has turned down the opportunity to extend his contract.

"My time here is done," the goalkeeper told Antena3.

"Barca offered me the chance to renew my contract but my decision had been made.

"I am seeking new challenges. I want to play in another league and be with my family in another place."

Valdes has been in impressive form this season - conceding only six goals in the league as it stands.

Despite the 'keeper's decision to seek pastures new, Valdes admits he appreciates the support the fans have given him.

"But this season I have still been feeling the love and support of the people and that is greatly appreciated."

Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for former player Pepe Reina as well as Chelsea starlet Thibaut Courtois as they look to fill the void left by Valdes's imminent departure. 

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