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Arda Turan has hit out at Ernesto Valverde, claiming the coach didn’t give him a proper chance when they coincided at Barcelona.

When Valverde arrived in the summer of 2017, Turan had already spent a season and a half at Barcelona.

Yet he didn’t play again and he reflected on this in an interview.

“I arrived at Barcelona as Atletico Madrid’s starting No.10, as an important player,” Turan said.

“I also played an important role at Barcelona until the arrival of Valverde, who made me feel insignificant.

“There was a point where I had the bests stats after Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

“Yet Valverde didn’t give me the chance to play, not even in friendly matches.

“That’s why my time at Barcelona ended.”

He went on to insist that he was the one who decided he should move on.

“I decided to leave Barcelona,” he stated.

“I can’t stay if I’m not happy somewhere, whether it’s Barcelona or the most important club.

“Money was never the priority for me.”

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Messi pays tribute to Former Manager Ernesto Valverde

…valverde, thanked club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu


Sacked Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has publicly thanked the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and fans shortly after he was sacked.

Despite winning back-to-back league titles and guarding Barcelona to the top of La Liga Table, Valverde was dismissed on Monday following the club’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final 3 – 2 defeat to Atletico Madrid last week.


He has been replaced with former Real Betis coach, Quique Setien, who has signed a contract to be with Barcelona until June 2022.

In an open letter to the club’s supporters, posted on Barcelona’s official website, Valverde said: “My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start.


“In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult.

“However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.


“I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time.

“I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the Club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.


“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setién also.

“All the best to everyone. Visca Barça and Visca Catalonia.”

Barcelona’s Captain, Lionel Messi also took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt note to Ernesto Valverde.

Sharing photos of them chatting on the pitch, the Argentine star wrote:’Thanks for everything, mister. I’m sure you’ll go great wherever you go because, besides being a great professional, you’re a magnificent person. Good luck and a big hug.


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Barcelona contemplating Ernesto Valverde’s stay


Ernesto Valverde’s position as Barcelona manager hangs by a thread with the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, pondering bringing in a new boss until the end of the season.

The latest setback in Barça’s pursuit of silverware came in the Supercopa de España, when a late Atletico Madrid fightback knocked the holders out of the competition despite leading their opponents with nine minutes remaining.


Game Over.

2️⃣ Barça (L. #Messi 51′ | @AntoGriezmann 62′)
3️⃣ Atlético (Koke 46′ | Morata, 81′ pen. | Á. Correa 86′) pic.twitter.com/Y3wcMyjEiz

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2020


That defeat has added to a series of disappointing results that have left Valverde’s position to be questioned. Successive capitulations in the Champions League have drawn the most criticism, with comeback defeats to Roma and Liverpool resulting in calls for the Spaniard to be relieved of his duties in charge.

Furthermore, La Liga defeats against Athletic Club, Granada, Levante, and last weekend’s draw against local rivals and bottom club Espanyol did little to temper emotions.


Despite supposedly having the backing of Bartomeu, the Barcelona president’s patience has finally worn thin. According to Sport, the Supercopa defeat has prompted the club to seek out potential candidates to replace the 55-year-old and bring an end to Valverde’s three-year reign at Camp Nou.

His spell has brought with it two La Liga titles, as well as a Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup success. However, despite sitting atop the division at present and into the Champions League round of 16, it appears efforts are being made to prematurely end his tenure. Valverde’s current deal expires in the summer although there is an option to extend his contract for another season.

As Sport say, club directors Òscar Grau and Eric Abidal have both been tasked with finding a successor, with the pair already having flown out to Qatar to meet with club legend Xavi Hernandez over taking the job. Initially those talks were about becoming the boss sometime in the future, but recent circumstances may well bring those plans forward quickly.

The report states that anyone coming in would be doing so on a temporary basis until the end of the season, where a permanent successor would then take over. That said, there is nothing to suggest that if the interim boss performed admirably, they wouldn’t be handed a crack of the whip long-term.


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