Date: 24th December 2012 at 2:36pm
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Whilst at the Football Transfer Tavern we have been keeping a close eye on the fascinating goalkeeping debacle at Real Madrid, their fierce rivals Barcelona have just tied down their second choice keeper Jose Manuel Pinto as Mundo Deportivo report.

The backup keeper who is described as vital to the dressing room and one of the largest characters at the club has signed a deal that will keep him as Victor Valdes’ number two until at least 2014 with the option to extend the deal further if both parties agree.

In what will be an early and very welcome Christmas present for Barcelona fans, this means that Xavi, Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol, Cristian Tello and now Pinto have all committed their futures to the Catalan giants in the last couple of weeks, adding to the security at the club whilst bitter rivals Real Madrid seemingly crumble.

Whilst the 37-year-old will never be first choice at the Camp Nou, he is vital to the harmony of the club and fans will welcome this news like our punters do a free shot. A poll conducted in Mundo Deportivo claims that 70 per cent of Barcelona fans would like to see Iker Casillas as their number one – and given that Casillas is the Real Madrid skipper, it shows how the 31-year-old is viewed in Spain and what a statement dropping him was by Jose Mourinho.

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