Valverde hits out at Guardiola: ‘Not allowed to talk to players’

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Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde has hit out at Pep Guardiola after fresh FC Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong claimed that he has held talks with Pep Guardiola over a possible transfer. De Jong had been heavily linked to Manchester City in recent weeks, but eventually decided to sign for FC Barcelona in a deal potentially worth €86m.

“Talking to a player who is under contract with another team is something that can’t be done,” Valverde told Marca. “You can’t talk to a player who is under contract and that’s something that isn’t in my personal code, but suffice to say, everyone has their own way of acting.”

With a five-year deal, Barcelona show a lot of confidence in De Jong’s abilities. Valverde, however, will not give the midfielder any assurances on his role in the team. “Everything depends on the performance that De Jong gives in the future. He’ll need to adapt despite coming in from a club with a similar philosophy to us at Barcelona.”

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