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FC Barcelona News: 2 January 2019; Ernesto Valverde Undecided About Future

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Barcelona manager Valverde: I don’t know what I will do next season | Goal
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has admitted he could leave the club following the current campaign. Valverde was named manager of the Catalan club prior to last season and the former Athletic Bilbao boss led his side to a successful campaign domestically, winning the league and cup double.

If Valverde doesn’t stay... then make it Quique Setien | Marca
The Real Betis coach has the ideal characteristics for the job. He is a proponent of the Johan Cruyff style, which is related to that of Pep Guardiola. He has even flirted with the possibility of one day taking the post. His style is assured, even if he doesn’t have a Barcelona past.

Valverde: Messi’s ‘competitive spirit’ his best attribute | Goal
Ernesto Valverde lauded the competitiveness of Lionel Messi as he named the Barcelona superstar’s finest asset. Messi is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, having won five Ballons d’Or and 32 titles with La Liga giants Barcelona.

10 targets for Messi in 2019 | FC Barcelona
2018 hasn’t been a bad year for Leo Messi. He’s added another Liga, another Copa del Rey and another Spanish Super Cup to his collection, not to mention both the Pichichi and Golden Shoe in recognition of his remarkable goalscoring feats. Is there anything left for this man to do? As it happens, there is. 2019 will bring a host of new challenges for the greatest player ever to walk the planet.

Iniesta: Barcelona should always bet on the academy | Sport
I miss this, because I would love to be at Barça still if my body and head would allow it. I won’t find anything to match this football, this stadium, these teammates... But I took another path and I am enjoying it. I am excited about what’s to come and hope that this stage in my career will be important and special.

Barcelona free to negotiate with Rabiot | Marca
The beginning of the year signals the start of potential negotiations for players whose contract end in June and Barcelona are now free to discuss a deal with Adrien Rabiot. Paris Saint-Germain have declared that they will not renew the Frenchman’s contract, as the player is no longer interested in remaining at the club.

Jordi Cruyff advises De Jong and De Ligt to go to Barcelona | Sport
Jordi Cruyff has taken up the role of his late father Johan, it seems. He has written a column in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. In his most recent he pointed Ajax duo Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt towards Barcelona. The Catalan club would love to sign the Ajax duo.

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