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Monday January 13 2020
Official: Setien new Barcelona coach

Barcelona have officially sacked Ernesto Valverde, so will have new coach Quique Setien on the bench against Napoli in the Champions League.

The Blaugrana have hired former Real Betis boss Setien following a crisis meeting with President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

It is a highly unusual occurrence, seeing as Barcelona haven’t fired a manager mid-season since Louis van Gaal 17 years ago.

The 55-year-old has been at Camp Nou since the summer of 2017 and his contract was due to expire in June.

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Monday January 13 2020
Allegri up for Barcelona job?

Massimiliano Allegri has put himself forward for the Barcelona job, claim Mundo Deportivo, amid speculation Ernesto Valverde will be fired.

There are multiple reports in Spain that Valverde’s future will be decided today in meetings between President Josep Maria Bartomeu, CEO Oscar Grau, transfer chief Eric Abidal, assistants Ramon Planes and Javier Bordas.

Xavi Hernandez had been the first choice, but the club legend currently working in Qatar refused to take over mid-season, leaving the door open for a summer switch.

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Saturday January 11 2020
Inter increase Vidal offer

Reports in Spain suggest Inter have increased their offer for Arturo Vidal to €3m on loan with option to buy for €15m from Barcelona.

Nerazzurri director general Beppe Marotta and coach Antonio Conte have made it no secret they want to sign Vidal in the January transfer window.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the latest proposal is €3m for a six-month loan spell with option to buy at the end of the season for a further €15m.

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Wednesday January 8 2020
Valverde: 'Barca counting on Vidal'

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has shot down hopes of an imminent Inter move for Arturo Vidal. “I’m counting on him...”

Vidal is considered Inter’s top target this month and his claim for unpaid bonuses is seen as a ploy for him to be reunited with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

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Friday January 3 2020
Valverde: 'Vidal won't leave'

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warns Inter transfer target Arturo Vidal will stay for the rest of the season. “After Carles Alena, nobody else will leave.”

The Nerazzurri have made no secret of their interest in the Chile international, who would reunite with his old Juventus coach Antonio Conte at San Siro.

Vidal taking legal action against Barcelona over unpaid bonuses seemed to be a push towards the exit, but Valverde has other ideas.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Inter target Vidal storms out on Barca

Inter transfer target Arturo Vidal has stormed out of Barcelona training after being informed that he won’t start in El Clasico tonight, reports ESPN.

The Chile international has been constantly linked with a return to Italy, and specifically to Inter, where he would be reunited with former Juventus coach Antonio Conte.

ESPN reports that Vidal stormed out of training after being told by coach Ernesto Valverde that he wouldn’t be in the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Real.

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Monday December 16 2019
Valverde: 'Napoli quality opponents'

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde can’t wait for the Champions League clash with Napoli. “They are a strong and complicated opponent with a great atmosphere in their stadium.”

The first leg of the Round of 16 will be at the Stadio San Paolo on February 25, with the return on March 18.

“Napoli are a strong and complicated opponent with a great atmosphere in their stadium. You never know what form the teams will be in,” said Valverde.

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Tuesday December 10 2019
Valverde: 'Anxiety got to Inter'

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Inter “without doubt are good enough for the Champions League Round of 16, but anxiety got to them.”

The Nerazzurri had to match Borussia Dortmund’s result against Slavia Prague and would be sure of qualification with a victory this evening, but they lost 2-1 and drop into the Europa League instead.

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Monday December 9 2019
Valverde: 'Lautaro a great player'

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has confessed that Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is “a great player having a great season.”

The Spanish giants meet the Nerazzurri tomorrow to round off Group F in the Champions League, with qualification for the last 16 already sewn up.

Inter, on the other hand, need a victory to join Barca in the knockout stages, although their task has been helped by no Lionel Messi tomorrow.

“I expect a great Inter,” Valverde said at a press conference.

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Friday December 6 2019
Valverde: 'We'll see about Vidal...'

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says the club are happy with Inter transfer target Arturo Vidal, but “we will see what happens in January.”

Vidal has complained recently about a lack of playing time at the Camp Nou. “If I don’t feel important, I will talk to the club in January or next summer.”

Valverde was talking at his press conference ahead of their game against Real Mallorca and did not rule out a move for the Chilean.

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