Josep Maria Bartomeu: "It's false that we wanted to sack Ernesto Valverde"

The president says no-one in the board has any doubts about the coach

Valverde, con Bartomeu
Valverde, con Bartomeu | sport

Ivan San Antonio

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied suggestions that the club planned to sack coach Ernesto Valverde after the embarassing Champions League elimination to Roma.

Speaking to Cadena Ser's radio show 'El Larguero', Bartomeu said: "It's false that Valverde's position was in any danger. He is in his first year and has just started a project, his project. We are very happy with him and we speak to him regularly.

"We haven't talked about this at all, it only appeared in the press. It is absolutely false. These types of things often come out. Someone must have said it, but it wasn't anyone on the board or the club."

Bartomeu reiterated his support for the Barça coach.

"After what happened last summer (with Neymar leaving) no-one on the board had any doubts about Valverde. We were all disappointed by what happened in Rome, but you have to look at how we reacted to the defeat," added the president. 

"No-one oon the board had any doubts after Rome. No-one. The team's success in this project is guaranteed. If we win the double, it will have been an excellent season. It's not perfect, but it's the club's eighth double in our history. And it has nothing to do with what Real Madrid might win."

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