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River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo responds to Barcelona rumors

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The Argentine has been linked with replacing Ernesto Valverde

River Plate v Colon - Superliga 2019/20 Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo has been asked about rumors of interest from Barcelona and has sought to play down speculation over his future.

The 43-year-old has been touted as a possible replacement for Ernesto Valverde in recent weeks due to Barca’s dodgy start to the season.

Gallardo says he hasn’t been in touch with anyone and is focused on his club ahead of some crucial matches.

“No party came forward to start a conversation, especially knowing that we are in a very important phase for our club, playing decisive matches,” he said.

“Of course there is nothing that takes my focus off the goals ahead. I can’t echo the rumours. No one came to suggest a meeting or analysis of what to do in the future.

“This is not the time for that.”

Source | Globo Esporte (via Fox)

Gallardo has guided River Plate to two Copa Libertadores titles, and his team will play Flamengo in this year’s final on November 23.