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Rosell: "The Camp Nou showed how much they love Valdés"

The Barcelona president also praised Xavi, who signed a new contract with the club on Monday, and revealed Leo Messi would sign his new deal, until 2018, by the end of the week.

Rosell: "The Camp Nou showed how much they love Valdés"

Sandro Rosell has declared that "the door is open" for Víctor Valdés, who has announced he will not be remaining at the club beyond 2014, when his current contract expires.

"The Camp Nou yesterday [during the 5-1 win over Osasuna] showed how much they love Valdés," said Rosell in a speech at the presentation of a new book 'To be a Barça fan is... the long history of a great success'.

"We'll always keep the door open for him in case he changes his mind," he added.

"There's still time and we haven't started looking for a replacement yet. The Camp Nou often gives its judgement for the better or the worse and the people always show what they think and what they want."

Rosell revealed that Leo Messi will sign a new contract with the club by the end of the week and insisted that no rival club has ever tried to sign 'La Pulga'.

"We've never received any offers for him, but there's nothing unusual about that, it just means that everyone knows how committed he is to Barça. The club have never heard of any attempt and if it has, I'm sure it was stopped in its tracks early. I don't know where the limit is [with regards to an irresistible offer] but Barcelona have no limit either."

Rosell also spoke about Xavi Hernández, who signed a new deal on Monday that will keep him at the club until 2016.

"He has just renewed his contract until 2016. He'll be 36 years old by then, but we believe this deal won't be the last he signs with us."

Rosell said he has not been surprised with the team's outstanding performances and results under Tito Vilanova this season because the coach "showed signs of what we are seeing now".

"He has talent, he understands what Barcelona means, what La Masía is and what being Catalan means. It was a brilliant decision by Zubizarreta to give him the job."

And he explained that Barcelona's current success has a lot to do with the club's model and philosophy.

"This project started 33 years ago and it works very well. What isn't broke does not need fixing. It is amazing to go down to the dressing room and see everyone speaking Catalan and to see that they are all true friends. They go out together, they do things together and you can see that they carry the values of Barcelona in their hearts."

Finally, Rosell congratulated Barcelona's former handball team coach Valero Rivera on leading Spain to the World Cup on Sunday in Barcelona.

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