Valdes: I've never felt I'm No1
Barcelona's record-breaking goalkeeper Victor Valdes admits he never feels his place is secure, despite his 330 club appearances and 19 trophies. Valdes, 30, said he always feels he has to fight for his place in the side, who will face arch-rivals Real Madrid in the two-leg Spanish Super Cup later this month.
"I have never felt that I'm the number one choice and I never will do," he told club website, www.fcbarcelona.com. "I have seen everything and until the very last day I come to the Ciutat Esportiva, I won't feel assured of my place".
He was speaking on his first day of training after his return from UEFA EURO 2012. Valdes said he was impressed with the condition of the players. "I'm calm. I'm slowly getting my shape back," he said. "The most important thing is to get back into rhythm for the season. We have to take things step by step."
He said that they would be treating the first title battle of the season with the importance that it deserved, but was making no secret of their main targets. "You always try to get over bad things in the past, but La Liga and the Champions League are what they are," said Valdes. "We'll be going for them this season"
Barcelona have brought in a new goalkeeping coach, Jose Ramon de la Fuente. Valdes, now in his 11th season, said: "The work is different, more adapted to group work and the boss' philosophy. The goalkeeper is one more player.
"Personally, I'm very happy with the way the first week has gone. De la Fuente is very demanding, I'm looking forward to it. Starting with a new coach is a new start and an exciting challenge."