Barca Respond To Valverde & Dembele Exit Talk
FC Barcelona Respond To Ernesto Valverde & Ousmane Dembele Exit Talk
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has responded to recent reports suggesting that manager Ernesto Valverde and attacker Ousmane Dembele could be on their way out of the Spanish giants.
Since the Blaugrana's 3-0 defeat to AS Roma in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final, there have been rumours circulating that the Catalan club could sack the former Athletic Bilbao manager, despite the club having won the Spanish Cup and the LaLiga title this season.
There have also been a few question marks surrounding Dembele's future at the Camp Nou, with some media houses linking him with a possible move to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool after his struggles to make an impact in Spain since arriving from Borussia Dortmund.
Blaugrana president Bartomeu has now given his say on the speculation.
"We're happy with Valverde," Bartomeu told RAC1.
"Real Madrid in the Champions League doesn't affect us. We're very happy about the double.
"Will Valverde coach Barca next season? Yes. It hasn't crossed my mind that he won't. He wants to stay.
"With regards to Dembele leaving? It's not on the table. We're coming to the end of the season, and after that, there will be meetings.
"He's an investment for the future. He's very young, and we expect a lot from him. When a player comes to Barca, it's because Valverde wants them."
The Spanish giants are likely to strengthen their squad during the off-season, with Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann said to be the club's No. 1 transfer target.
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