Victor Valdes offers 'explanation' for Barcelona exit plans
Goalkeeper will not renew his contract which expires next summer
Victor Valdes says the pressure of being the Barcelona number one for so long is behind his decision to seek an exit from the Nou Camp.
The goalkeeper revealed earlier this year that he would not sign a new contract at the Nou Camp, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
The stopper has been linked with a switch to the Premier League as well as big spending Monaco.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will opt to cash in on three-time Champions League winner this summer or allow his contract to run down and see him leave for free next year.
Valdes revealed he will discuss the options with the club and also offered an explanation for his decision during a news conference today.
"I know I owe the club members and fans an explanation for why I decided not to renew my contract," said Valdes at the press conference, which was also attended by team mates Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Xavi.
"Barca has given me everything and I owe them everything, but being a goalkeeper here takes it out of you. It is an irreversible decision and I didn't want people to debate the economics of a possible new contract and how much I love this club.
"I have a year left but I am open to talks with the club to find the best solution for both."
The 31-year-old has been Barca's number one since the 2003-4 season, helping them win six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns. He has also won five Zamora trophies for being the goalkeeper to have conceded the fewest goals in a La Liga season.
When he leaves the Nou Camp, there has been speculation that Barcelona will move for Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina, who played for the Catalan club up until 2002.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger 'optimistic' of making signing, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Edinson Cavani linked
Manchester United have two days to seal the transfer of the summer, Arsenal need to panic, Jose Mourinho right to blast Chelsea reluctance
Celtic supporters mock Fenerbahce fans' threatening 'knife' pictures with their own versions - featuring spoons and bananas
Swansea 2 Manchester United 1 player ratings: Was Andre Ayew the Swans' star man or did Bafetimbi Gomis steal the show?
Anthony Martial to Manchester United: United 'open talks' with £36m Monaco striker as Javier Hernandez joins Bayer Leverkusen
- 1 VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
- 2 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 Chaos breaks out in courtroom as father attacks killer of three-year-old daughter
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up