“The squad is perfect”
Víctor Valdés, one of Barca’s eight World Cup winners, is enjoying a well deserved break, but he was in Gava on Monday at an event to celebrate his achievements and afterwards he spoke to Barca TV.
Valdes reckons Barca are going into the next season with a great squad and although he’s
enjoying his holidays, he’s keen to get back to work with his teammates.
Villa, Adriano…..and Cesc?
Although he’s naturally enough been focussed on other things this summer and it’s
been a while since he’s been to the Nou Camp, Valdes has been keeping a close eye on the
comings and goings at the club and reckons: “with Villa and Adriano, the squad is perfect.
They were important players at their old clubs and I’m sure they will be here too. They are
very positive signings and the decision to bring them in was great. I’m sure they will show
that on the pitch for us”.
Valdés also believes the team will be even more ambitious this season, despite their success
over the last couple of seasons: “we are even keener to win things now. We are a young team
and the secret is that we have so much ambition to keep going forward. What’s more, the new
signings bring ambition and a desire to win titles with the club”
Champions League Final will be held at Wembley next year and according to Valdes, being there and
winning another European title is the main aim of the squad: “it’d be great to be able
to get there and put last year’s events behind us. We want to win all the competitions we are
involved in, but especially the Champions League. We want to enjoy again the great atmosphere when
you win that title”. Maybe there’s still one piece in the jigsaw missing to ensure that
success – Cesc, and Valdes is clear how much the young Catalan could bring to the team:
“he’s a great lad and we get on really well. He’s a marvellous player and he
would certainly fit in with the team. I’d love him to come home and I know he’s hoping
to. Everybody knows he wants to and he’s excited about the chance. The fans are waiting for
Keen to get back to work
Valdés won’t be back in training until August 9th, just after the
end of the Asia Tour and although it’s only been just over a fortnight since the World Cup
Final, he is keen to get back into the swing of things at the Nou Camp: “when I see the lads
on TV training, I really want to come back, but there is a date set and I have to respect
that”, he jokes, “no really, it is important to rest after the work I did with the
national team. The body needs the rest”.
World Cup winner
Víctor Valdés has won it all with Barca but he insists that the World
Cup medal this summer: “is something very special. To be the World Champions is the most
important thing in any sport and I feel privileged to have won the title and to have been part of
such a great group”. Iniesta’s winning goal against Holland was especially important
for Victor because of his friendship with the Barca midfielder and he explained: “I ran out
of the dug out to hug him at the final whistle – I just couldn’t help myself – it
was as if I’d scored it myself”.