Valdes admits to liking Premier League

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes admitted his liking for the Premier League and stated that he enjoys the respect accorded to footballers by the attendant crowds.

Victor Valdes of Barcelona

By FOX Sports Staff

Valdes is expected to leave the Camp Nou after announcing earlier in the season his decision to move away from the club in the near future.

Although he will still have a year left on his contract, the La Masia graduate will likely be offloaded over the summer in a bid to recoup cash for the purchase of a new goalkeeper.

The Spain international's future is a subject of hot debate with Bayern Munich, where he could link up with former manager Pep Guardiola, and Arsenal being touted as possible destinations. 

The Premier League can definitely be considered as high on the priorities of the 31-year-old as he told FourFourTwo magazine: "I like the Premier League, of course. I like the respect of the crowd towards footballers in England." 

"It's a different way of living football. They clap a simple tackle in England, we're not used to that. I like it."

The seasoned Barca player admitted that despite his love for his current club, he made the decision to leave the club in a bid to secure a worthwhile playing experience in foreign leagues.

"I've had great times here, I love it at Barcelona. I will always come back here, but I have this wonderful job which allows me to travel. And I want to travel.

"I want to try new cultures, new football, new challenges," he added.

To fill the void left by the Spaniard, Liverpool's Pepe Reina has been mentioned as a possible new signing for the Blaugrana although the player and club manager Brendan Rodgers have gone on record denying any links for a summer transfer. 



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