Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that he once thought about quitting the game in the initial stages of his career. The Spanish international spoke to publication DT about his development at the Camp Nou and how he was forced to enter therapy in his teenage years.

He also spoke of the advice that has helped him progress his career, saying, “If you think positive, it's always easier, to think of good things, and leave aside the negative aspects of your thoughts.

“At 18, I thought about quitting football, but thanks to therapy I continued and the support of my family helped me change my mind.”

He has handled the pressures of being the last line of defence for the Blaugrana for the past seven years, and he added, “I am not a person who throws in the towel.”