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Barça's Valdes sings Premier League's praises

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London, Apr 5 (EFE).- FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes expressed admiration for England's Premier League in an interview where he also reiterated his intention to leave Barça when his current contract expires in June 2014.

"I like the Premier League, of course," Valdes told the British publication FourFourTwo. "I like the respect of the crowd towards footballers in England. It is a different way of living football. They clap a simple tackle in England."

British media have linked Valdes with several Premier League clubs, such as Arsenal and Liverpool, since the 31-year-old announced in January that he would be leaving Barcelona.

"I want to try new cultures, new football, new challenges. I have had great times here, I love it at Barcelona. I will always come back here, but I have this wonderful job which allows me to travel. And I want to travel," Valdes said.

Highlights of his long tenure with Barça include five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.

Valdes, veteran of nearly 500 matches with Barcelona, shined as a replacement for the injured Iker Casillas in the Spanish national team's recent 1-0 victory over France in a World Cup qualifier.

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