Valdes says emotional farewell to Barcelona

Victor Valdes has said farewell to Barcelona in

an emotional letter on the club's official

website, thanking former coaches Louis van

Gaal, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Tito

Vilanova for their support over the years.

The shot stopper will leave the Camp Nou side

at the end of the season, but will not get the

chance to wave his fans farewell on the pitch

due to a knee injury that has kept him out of

action ever since March.

"The time has come for me to say goodbye to

you all. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to say

goodbye playing football, as I would have

liked, but that's life at times, and this year has

been a bit cruel to me in this regard," the

letter reads.

"Thank you to Louis Van Gaal, for showing the

courage necessary to gamble on a talent that

only he could see. He began building this

historic Barca side, which I have been

privileged to be part of. My heartfelt thanks

"Thank you Frank Rijkaard, for giving me the

confidence necessary, and allowing me to

achieve glory, getting my hands on the

European Cup in Paris. Wherever you are, I will

be indebted to you for the rest of my life


"Thank you Pep, for having opened the door to

playing a game that was unknown to me, for

guiding me along the road where one has to

keep looking for success, and we did it

together, right? We'll always have that Mister,

and believe me, it will be eternal!.

"Thank you Tito! Wherever you are, I thank you

for having taught us not only the way to keep

winning as a team, but also the strength and

character needed to face life.

"Thanks to all my colleagues with whom I've

had the pleasure to work, that involves

wearing the Barca crest on our chests day

after day, for making me feel important within

the group that we developed over all these


"And of course I cannot forget the most

important people, over these 12 years as a

professional, wearing this shirt, my most loyal


Valdes has made over 500 official appearances

for Barcelona since making his official debut in



Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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