Valdes - Cesc Fabregas staying at Barca
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes feels confident team-mate Cesc Fabregas will be playing for the Catalans this season.
Manchester United have been chasing Fabregas' signature in recent weeks but Barca have thus far resisted the Premier League champions' advances.
And Valdes echoed the sentiment of both Barcelona officials and players including Alex Song, who have insisted that Fabregas is perfectly happy at Camp Nou.
"I’m confident he’ll stay, I have seen him and he’s excited about this new chapter (at Barca)," Valdes said.
The Barcelona No. 1, who like Fabregas is a graduate of the famed La Masia academy, revealed at the end of the 2012-13 campaign that he will leave the club when his contract with the Catalans expires next summer.
And with just one season left, the goalkeeper is determined to go out on a high.
"This is going to the most special season of my entire career. It’s my last season here and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got," Valdes said at an event to mark the signing of a new contract with glove manufacturer Sells.
"I’d like to leave here after lifting the European Cup again. That would be the perfect end to a wonderful period.”
The Spain keeper, who last season decided not to sign an extension on his Barca deal, which runs out in the summer of 2014, reiterated that his decision was "irrevocable".
Valdes also spoke about the team’s new manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, of whom he said: "He’s a very friendly person, a positive person and he has big plans. He’ll want to leave his own mark. He has told us that he wants us to get tired of winning."
Javier Mascherano, speaking to Fox Sports Asia, also expressed his confidence that Fabregas will stay put.
“I didn't talk to him, but he's happy,” Mascherano said. “It's difficult when you have to talk about the personal situation of other players because sometimes you don't know what they really think, but I could see him here training and he's happy.
“He grew up in Barcelona and he feels the colours of the shirt. It's difficult when you grew up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team and a big city, where it's really nice to live and his family is here.”
He added: “You can never say no but at the moment I think he is a really good player for us and the coach and the people that work here want to keep him.”