Barca manager Ernesto Valverde drops bombshell about future at club

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted he might not stay at the club beyond this season.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss took over at the Nou Camp in 2017 and led the club to the league and cup double last season.

Barca currently sit top of La Liga and remain in contention in the Champions League.

But Valverde said: “I do not know what I will do next season. In this football, who knows? We all know how things are. I never think long or long term.

“For us, two months are a very long term. If you win a game, everyone is happy and if you lose, everyone is watching you.

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“What I want is for everyone to be satisfied with the work. But we are not going to cheat.

“If you do not win the League, everyone looks at the coach because it is marked like that. I try to meet the objectives and, of course, how much we have left, so let’s see it.”

Barcelona return to action at Getafe on Sunday and were this week forced to deny the existence of any agreement with Paris St Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and insist they have not broken the rules over his potential recruitment.

LaLiga’s table-toppers, along with several Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Arsenal, have been linked with the 23-year-old six-time France international, whose contract with PSG ends in June.

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Reports in France and Spain claim Barca are preparing to offer Rabiot a five-year deal when the transfer window opens on January 1.

The Catalan club said in a statement on Sunday they had made contact with PSG’s management “last August and then a week ago” to express their interest in Rabiot, but had not spoken to the player.

Barca denied they have agreed a deal with Adrien Rabiot (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

“In response to the news that has appeared in France, Barcelona state that there has been no breach of regulations regarding the signing of PSG players,” the statement read.

“The only contact was made last August and then a week ago. In both case, the contact was made with the sporting managers of PSG in order to express Barcelona’s interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.

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“Barcelona always want to work with the highest level of transparency with PSG and any other club.

“Barcelona deny the existence of any type of agreement with PSG players Adrien Rabiot.”

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