Barcelona will find a good replacement for Victor Valdes, insists Vilarrubi

Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi is confident that the club will find a good replacement for Victor Valdes once the goalkeeper leaves the club.

The shot-stopper’s agent revealed earlier this week that he does not want to extend his current contract, which runs until the summer of 2014, but the Blaugrana are not too worried about filling the void he leaves.

“There’s no need to give this too much attention. We have sufficient resources to find a good replacement,” the 58-year-old told TV3.

“We now have a job on our hands and our task is to find a new goalkeeper. I have the feeling that Valdes is pretty certain about his decision. He wants to leave and we have to respect his wish.”

Valdes has made almost 500 appearances for Barcelona since making his official first team debut in 2002-03.

Fulham want Roma's Stekelenburg, reveals agent

By Ed Aarons

Maarten Stekelenburg’s agent has revealed Fulham are one of several clubs interested in signing the goalkeeper from Roma.

The Netherlands international, 30, is out of favour with the Italian side and is thought to be available for a cut-price fee of around €4.7 million.

Stekelenburg played under Jol at Ajax and the Fulham boss is confident of completing a deal after allowing David Stockdale to join Hull.

But his agent Rob Jansen revealed that there are other clubs interested in signing the 6ft 6in shot stopper, with Arsenal and Barcelona both linked.

“We are working on some things,” he told “It’s true Martin Jol knows him well but there are more situations which we are dealing with at the moment.

“There are more options that could be a possibility but we are moving step by step. It could be by the end of January and otherwise we will pick it up later on.”

Stekelenburg has spent most of the season on the bench after losing his place to Mauro Goicoechea. And Jansen admitted his lack of action means he is growing frustrated with boss Zdenak Zeman.

“It’s a serious problem of course between him and the coach,” he said.

“We are dealing with the situation with Roma in a very transparent and correct way. He’s not made any final decision about leaving or whether he will stay there.

“We are looking at the market and if we have to act then we know what to do. The Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world so for every player wants to experience that.”

Wenger: It's a big period for Diaby in order to earn a new contract

Arsene Wenger has called on Abou Diaby to prove his worth over the coming weeks as the midfielder fights to earn a contract extension with only 18 months remaining on his current deal.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s Arsenal career has been blighted by injuries, starting seven years ago when he had his leg broken in the last game of the season at Sunderland – a set-back which kept him out of action for almost all of the following Premier League campaign.

Yet despite his injury woes, Wenger has praised the player’s attitude and ability.

The Gunners’ manager told reporters: “It is a big period for him. He is conscious of it. He does everything, but you do not want to put any pressure on him because he has enough. He puts himself under so much pressure, Abou.

“He is a very conscientious guy. You should see how he works, how he is focused every day, because when a guy suffers as much as he did he becomes very professional, very rigorous.

“With Diaby, he has a very serious life, doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go out, and is very conscientious in training. So you always feel sorry for him, so you always touch wood it will go well for him.

“If you love football and you see a player like Abou, you want him to have the career he deserves, especially when he has the attitude that he has.

“You are in a position where you have to have patience. Because what did he do wrong? Nothing. At least you have to give him a chance.

“He can defend, he can attack. He is strong in the challenge. He can dribble. He can pass players. He is very quick in the transition, offence, defence. When you win the ball he can cross the pitch quickly. And he is good in the air.

“Once you put all these qualities together… and he is a fighter. With great stamina. So when you put all these qualities together… Of course I would put him next to Jack [Wilshere].”

Diaby joined Arsenal from Auxerre in January 2006 but because of injury has made only 129 starts for the club (19 goals) in the seven years since.

The France international recently made his return to first-team action after being forced on the sidelines for a further four months. Now he hopes to keep his place in the starting line-up when Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a 13:30 kick off.

Terim: We do not want Sneijder if he thinks he is bigger than Galatasaray

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has warned Wesley Sneijder that the Istanbul giants could opt to pull out of the race to sign the Inter midfielder if he thinks he is too big for the Turkish champions.

Both clubs have already reached an agreement over a winter transfer, but the Dutchman is in no rush to make a decision about his future, with deadline day just under a fortnight away.

“Nobody should think that they are bigger than this club. Not me, not the club president, and not those who could join the club this transfer window,” the former Turkey boss said at a press conference when asked about Sneijder.

“We do not want to sign any players who think they are more important than Galatasaray. This is one of the key principles at this club and it is not up for debate.”

Galatasaray face stiff competition from Liverpool in the race for Sneijder’s signature, as revealed by earlier this week.

Rodgers identifies need for 'experienced' player ahead of possible Sneijder move

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is looking to shift the emphasis of Liverpool ‘s transfer policy away from nurturing young players with potential and towards recruiting those with greater experience.

As exclusively revealed, the Merseyside club met with Wesley Sneijder’s representatives on Monday when talks were described as “constructive”, and hope to bring the Serie A star to the Premier League as he stalls on his response to Galatasary’s offer.

Rodgers wants to broaden the parameters of the club’s player recruitment, but hinted that the board are uncertain about deviating from their policy of developing young players over time.

“The owners have been brilliant for me. They have given me some money to spend and we have brought in young players with that,” Rodgers told reporters.

“There is no doubt that they want to look at young players, those who can develop over the next seven to 10 years. But I think it is healthy not to agree.

“I have got to where I have at such a young age by not saying yes all the time. I have always known what I have wanted. I don’t expect anything at this stage. I have got to earn my right. Sir Alex Ferguson has taken all that time to earn the rights he has now. It is going to take time. But I will certainly always say what I feel is right for the team. We will disagree and we have disagreed before.

“I repeat, the owners have been brilliant. I have got no complaints. If you ask any manager, they will always look for a young player that they can develop. But there are certain times when you need that experience.”

The transfer policy at Anfield as seen the club spend around £40 million on young talent, with 23-year-old Daniel Sturridge, 21-year-old Fabio Borini and 22-year-old Joe Allen all joining Liverpool since Rodgers’ arrival in June.