Valdes to leave Barcelona by end of 2013-14 season

Victor Valdes will leave Barcelona by the end of the 2013-14

season after more than a decade as the team’s starting

goalkeeper.

Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta said Valdes’ agent

told the club that Valdes’ decision to leave after the expiration

of his current contract was ”irrevocable.”

The 31-year-old has been the team’s starting goalkeeper since

replacing Roberto Bonano during the 2002-03 season and helped

Barcelona win three Champions League titles and five Spanish league

championships.

Valdes recently said he ”didn’t rule out getting to know other

cultures and football leagues.”