Pep Guardiola recently decided to stop listening to offers for club captain Vincent Kompany, not just because of his impressive form since returning from injury, but also his leadership skills.
The Manchester City boss is reported to be concerned about a lack of leadership in the dressing room, despite having a number of veterans in his squad. And according to Dean Jones at Bleacher Report, Pep is considering one of his former Barcelona charges as he looks to make changes to his team.
Victor Valdés is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in history with six La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, and on a personal note, two La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year awards.
And it is reported that City have contacted his representatives to touch base and discuss a possible deal to bring him to the Etihad, with Guardiola ‘open’ to the idea of linking up with the 35-year-old again.
Valdés has a relegation clause at Middlesbrough that allows him to quit the club and join another at no cost, so he would be a cheap option for City, although not a long-term one. The likes of Ederson Moraes, the most frequently linked with a move to City, are more appealing (and expensive) on paper, but Guardiola is also considering a man he trusts.
Valdés is known to have good leadership skills, something Guardiola wouldn’t mind more of in his Manchester City squad. Former Boro coach Aitor Karanka said when Valdés moved to the Riverside last summer, “I’m happy to have him because the team needed leaders like him.”
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