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Good news for Liverpool, bad news for Arsenal as Valdes announces he will stay till 2014

Victor Valdes has announced his decision to stay at Barcelona until the summer of 2014.

Yesterday it seemed as though Victor Valdes was on his way out of Barcelona after announcing he would speak to the media today at 11am.

It was widely believed he would announce his decision to leave the club this summer as final; after expressing a desire to leave the club for a new footballing culture; with AS Monaco and Arsenal considered the favourites to snap up the 31-year-old goalkeeper.

But that is no longer the case.

Valdes instead confirmed that he will NOT leave the club this summer and instead will remain at the Nou Camp until his contract expires in the summer of 2014.

He had this to say during the press conference:

"I owe the fans an explanation as to why I will not renew my contract. Barcelona have given me everything and this has been home for 20 years,"

"The pressure as a goalkeeper is huge, though, at this club. I am exhausted psychologically and I feel that my cycle at the club ends in 2014. This is not about money.

"I feel honoured that the club want me to continue, but my decision is final. I will continue to wear the Barca jersey with honour until the final day of my contract.

"I think that the club have enough time to find a good successor."

This will come as bad news for Arsenal and good news for Liverpool.

It has long been mooted that Arsenal would look to bring in Valdes this summer in order to add competition to their flimsy goalkeeping situation.

With Lukasz Fabianski set to leave Wojciech Szczesny is the only recognised keeper at the club.

But rumours of him arriving at The Emirates, at least this summer, can now halt after his declaration today.

For Liverpool it will be a relief as Pepe Reina has been strongly linked with a return to Catalonia to replace the outgoing stopper in recent months.

Now it seems that will certainly not be happening this summer and Liverpool fans can expect to see Reina in between the sticks for 2013-14 at least.

So Arsenal must continue to look elsewhere for their goalkeeping solution while Liverpool fans can breath a sigh of relief.

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