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Victor Valdes backs Lionel Messi to bring joy to Barcelona this season

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The goalkeeper has responded to recent events

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Victor Valdes is backing Lionel Messi to go on and have another great season at Barcelona despite all the recent uncertainty over the captain’s future.

Messi looked set to depart after informing the club he wanted to leave but has now confirmed he will be staying after finding it all but impossible to go.

Valdes admits he’s been a little upset by recent events at the Camp Nou but expects to see Messi at his very best in the new season.

“I’m a little hurt by some comments. I’ve suffered because I can’t question Leo’s attitude, neither the quality nor what he represents for Barça,” he said.

“I hope he is active and can give a lot of joy to Barça this year. It will be a very good season for Leo. We will see the player who wants to show what he is capable of. He is a player who can be decisive and we cannot lose him.”

Source | Esport3

Messi is now back training with the group ahead of the club’s first game against Villarreal in La Liga. Barca play a pre-season friendly on Saturday against Nastic but it may come too soon for Messi to be involved.