Laporta backs Valdes’ Spain claims

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes in-form goalkeeper Victor

Valdes deserves to be part of Spain’s World Cup squad this summer.

The 28-year-old Valdes has yet to win an international cap at

senior level but he is making a strong case to be part of Vicente

Del Bosque’s party to South Africa with some fine performances this

season.

Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna saw Valdes

keep his 18th clean sheet in 32 league games, and with just 19

goals conceded all campaign he looks on course to win his third

Zamora trophy as the leading goalkeeper in La Liga, having also won

it in 2005 and last season.

Iker Casillas and Jose Reina are confirmed first and

second-choice goalkeepers for Spain, but Laporta feels Valdes

should also be on the plane to South Africa.

“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league. There’s no doubt

that he deserves it. I would like to see him at the World Cup in

South Africa. Everybody can see it and he deserves this reward,”

said Laporta to Canal+.