Barcelona Transfer rumours still in the air
Ernesto Valverde again played down rumours linking Barcelona with resigning Neymar this summer ahead of their final pre-season friendly against Napoli.
The Brazilian is thought to be the centre of a battle between the Catalans and Real Madrid, but the coach was giving nothing away when quizzed about the Paris Saint-Germain ace.
“That’s just an assumption,” Valverde responded when asked if Neymar‘s arrival would distort the balance at the club.
“We’ll see what happens, but you already know the usual answer which is that he’s a player of another team and so on.
“I know what I have, what I’m working with and who I’m counting on.
“What happens, we’ll see. We don’t know what’ll happen and I’m not thinking about it. I’ll think about it tomorrow.”
Barcelona have already added some names this summer, and the boss is happy with what he has to work with.
“I’m always happy with the players I have,” Valverde explained.
“They’re very good. Even last year we almost had a perfect season.
“Now we’ve made four important additions and we have to try to improve.”
Ivan Rakitic is one player who has been linked with an exit before the window closes though, despite Valverde‘s insistence that he is a player being counted on.
“He’s very important for us,” Valverde said.
“His work is there. Right now I don’t know if he’ll stay, but I’m counting on him, as I am with everyone we have.
“In principle, nothing makes me think I won’t have him.”