Barcelona will wait for PSG's Marco Verratti until end of transfer - Valverde

Man Utd to battle AC Milan for Barca’s Rakitic

Man Utd to battle AC Milan for Barca’s Rakitic

However, Coach Ernesto Valverde insisted: "I'm counting on both players next season".

The former Athletic Bilbao manager suffered at the hands of the Argentine striker but now he has him at his disposal and he also vowed to keep playing him as close to goal as possible despite suggestions he might start moving more into midfield this season.

"It's a feeling of relief", he said. When you are on the bench as a rival you are thinking about what you have to do to stop the surge that arises and sometimes you lack players to stop him (Messi).

And the coach is ready to work with the players at his disposal.

Paris Saint-Germain new boy Dani Alves has urged Marco Verratti to snub FC Barcelona and stay with the French giants.

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"I don't know if this is the a year ago for Andres, I can't predict the future, but my intention is to make him feel happy in the team and that he participates and contributes", Valverde said in a news conference, addressing the media for the first time since his appointment on June 1.

"We always want to improve, but the players we have are really good". It's very hard to make it better, because of the high standard of players that we have.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has already confirmed the club's interest in landing Italy worldwide, Verratti, even stating that the player himself wants to move to Camp Nou. The club's Technical Secretary Robert Fernandez was asked on Monday if he envisaged Barcelona without Neymar if a club paid his 225m euros (£198m) buy-out clause.

"That's not going to happen", he said when asked if he could imagine Barca without Neymar. He also said: 'We have not received any offers for any of our players'.

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