Valdes will leave the club in 2014 after the end of his contract after he refused to discuss an extension.
Reina, linked as a replacement for Valdes, and who also came up through the Barcelona youth system, said: “That surprised me because Victor plays for the best club in the world.
“I know, because I’m from Barcelona, developed as a footballer and a man.”
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