Losing a player of such vast experience, and a home-grown talent, is far from ideal, but Barcelona are not too concerned about filling the void.
"There's no need to give this too much attention," Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi told TV3.
"We have sufficient resources to find a good replacement.
"We now have a job on our hands and our task is to find a new goalkeeper.
"I have the feeling that Valdes is pretty certain about his decision. He wants to leave and we have to respect his wish."