Valdes leaves the club as the keeper with the most appearances in Bara’s history with 514 official matches under his belt. Van Gaal was in charge of Barcelona from 1997 to 2000 and was the first manager to give Valdes his chance in the first team.“Thank you to Louis van Gaal, for showing the courage necessary to gamble on a talent that only he could see. He began building this historic Bara side, which I have been privileged to be part of. My heartfelt thanks,” he mentioned in his goodbye letter. The 32-year-old keeper has since gone on to become the most decorated no.1 in the club’s history, earning six La Liga title and three Champions League winners’ medals among many more trophies. Valdes’ contract expires next month and will leave the club for a new adventure in the summer, with AS Monaco being his most likely destination.