Valdes: My dream is to retire at Barcelona

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has stated that he would be happy to stay with his current club for the remainder off his career.

The Spain international is currently under contract until June 2014 at Camp Nou, and although he is currently is no rush to sign an extension, he would fancy retiring with the Liga giants.

“Since I signed the last contract I have not spoken about it. I signed the last one in June 2009 and have not been concerned since,” the 30-year-old told reporters.

“It is not the time for me to be worrying about it, there is still time. I’m focused on winning games. My dream is to retire here… Time will tell.”

Despite his apparent desire to stay with Barca until he hangs up his boots, Valdes refused to rule out the possibility of experiencing the game in a different country.

“I have spent 11 years here and as goalkeeper it is difficult in many ways. I do not rule out other cultures, other football, other countries, we will see.”

Barcelona went into the winter break with a comfortable nine-point advantage over Atletico Madrid in the Liga table, but Valdes thinks that it is not the time to talk about the title just yet.

“We have not even finished the first half of the season. It is true that we have a good distance over second and third, but it is not over. There is a long time to still play and a lot of points to play for.”

Shawcross signs five-and-a-half year Stoke contract

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has signed a new five-and-half year contract to remain at the Britannia Stadium until 2018.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to his former club Manchester United and rivals City, however he has now committed his long-term future to the Potters.

Manager Tony Pulis expressed his delight his captain has penned a new deal at the club.

He told reporters: “It looks like Ryan Shawcross has agreed a new contract, so that’s great news for this football Club. I’m delighted that Ryan sees his future here. It’s fantastic news for us.”

Shawcross has made 190 appearances for Stoke since joining the club on a permanent basis in 2008 from the Red Devils, after initially spending the 2007/8 campaign on loan at Pulis’ side.

This season, the centre-back has been the foundation of the Stoke defence which has conceded just 20 goals and this form earned him his first international appearance for England against Sweden in November.

Leaving Lazio is strange, says Rocchi

Tommaso Rocchi has admitted that it will feel strange not to play for Lazio any more, but is looking forward to the opportunity to play for Inter.

The experienced forward has found playing time at the Stadio Olimpico difficult to come by this season due to the form of Miroslav Klose, and is set to move to San Siro, where he is hoping to feature regularly and notch his 100th Serie A strike.

“It’s strange to leave Lazio after such long time,” the 35-year-old told Sky Sport. “But now I’m glad to be in one of the most important teams in Europe.

“I wasn’t even the vice-Klose at Lazio. Seeing as I have not played a lot at all this season, I needed a change of scenery.

“The first target is the 100 goals in Serie A. I want to start strongly now, I want to give my contribution to the team and repay the faith that Inter is giving me. [Andrea] Stramaccioni talked to me about what he wants from me.”

Rocchi went on to say that he was aiming for a top-two finish in Serie A this season, but accepted that the Nerazzurri face stiff competition.

“I hope that Inter can reach second place in the table. I think Lazio will fight to the end. The championship is not over yet, Inter are still in the race.

Finally, Rocchi stated that he would be open to a return to Lazio in a non-playing role once his days on the pitch have come to an end.

“Future as an executive at Lazio? This is going to be a thing we will discuss in the future, I still want to play for a few years. However, in a few years I want to talk about this subject with Lazio.”

Crystal Palace chief confident Zaha will not join Arsenal in January

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is confident star player Wilfried Zaha will still be at Selhurst Park when the transfer window closes at the end of January.

Arsenal have been the England international’s main admirers and had begun neghotiations with the Eagles, in the hope of securing a €14.8 million deal this month.

However, Parish has insisted they will only sell talented forward if the south London club receive an offer they can’t refuse.

He told talkSPORT: “Right now we’re concentrating on trying to get out of this league and the best way of doing that is adding to what we’ve got, not losing players.

“I think he will be a Palace player until the summer. He has said himself that he really wants to help us get promoted. You can see on the pitch how hard he is trying to achieve that.

“I think he will be a Palace player until the summer and then we will look at it. Obviously, we will look at anything that anybody offers us because we will be mad not to.

“If we feel we can move the club forward from doing certain things, then we will. So, never say never. But right now we are focused on trying to keep everyone in the squad.”

Parker determined to fight for his place in Tottenham team

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is determined to win his place back in the Spurs’ side after missing the start of the season with an Achilles injury.

The 32-year-old is yet to start for Andre Villas-Boas’ side in this campaign since his return from the sidelines in December due to the form of Sandro and Mousa Dembele.

Parker admits he endured a frustrating five months out of first-team action and is now focused on regaining match fitness to challenge for his place in the side once again.

He told The Sun: “When you’re out injured, it’s the worst time you can have as a footballer.

“I didn’t expect to be out for as long as I was. But I always thought I’d get back to where I need to be and it’s about hard work now.

“It’s obviously been a while since I have been involved, so the last few weeks have been pleasing, getting back amongst it. It was a bad injury but I never thought I wouldn’t come back from it. My Achilles is fine now. I just need to get match fit.”

The England international also feels Spurs must keep performing and concentrating on their own performances in the race for the Champions League places.

He added: “The league is tight. I think all we need to do is keep worrying about ourselves.”