Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told ESPN that Ernesto Valverde will be in charge of the club next season. Valverde is currently on holiday but Bartomeu has contacted his wife to assure him they want to stay on, while the 55-year-old has never considered resigning.
Barcelona have opened talks with PSG about a deal to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. The club have offered Ousmane Dembele or Philippe Coutinho in part-exchange for the Brazilian. PSG are said to be open to considering a sale this summer.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has not been considered as an alternative to Ernesto Valverde, and the club are surprised to see the speculation linking him to the Camp Nou. The club have categorically denied he is a candidate to join the club should Valverde leave.
Antoine Griezmann is annoyed at the Barcelona dressing room after finding out he is not welcome at the club this summer. The Atletico Madrid also saw the cold reaction to questions about him from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique in the press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey final and does not understand the players’ stance.
Rivaldo has posted a message on Instagram urging Neymar to return to Barcelona. He wrote: “He is in my humble opinion the missing player for Barcelona to be champion of the Champions League. He has personality and a lot of quality to win back Barcelona and also can be the best in the world.”
Valencia are keen to sign midfielder Denis Suarez in the summer transfer window. Barcelona are keen to sell him after a failed loan spell with Arsenal, and Valencia are one of several clubs believed to be interested.
Xavi has posted a message on social media after being confirmed as the new coach of Al Sadd. He said: “I’m very excited about this new stage in my career that I’m officially starting today as coach at Al Sadd. After finishing my unforgettable career as a player, I am starting this new challenge with lots of enthusiasm and conscious of the responsibility to return the trust the club has given me with hard work and commitment!”