Valverde Relieved to Have 'Unique' Messi at Barca

Valverde has confirmed that there has been discussions for the Italian global, but the new Barcelona head coach is remaining calm due to the squad of players that he now has available.

"We need him both as a creator of chances and a finisher of chances, where he really makes the difference", insisted the former Athletic Bilbao coach. When you are in the opposite dug-out you have to try to stop him and you never have enough players on the pitch to do that.

Manchester United and AC Milan have reportedly been put on alert amid claims Barcelona are ready to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Now I can enjoy the way he plays.

The midfielder has been a big hit at White Hart Lane since arriving from MK Dons two years ago and is now billed as one of England's best players.

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

'I want to have the best squad possible but it's hard to improve because we already have the best players here'.

Valverde was asked if he would be playing Messi in a more withdrawn role this season and added: "Messi will go on dictating the way we play. We know the club we are in and that a lot of players want to come here, we want to have the best players in the world and actually we have them", he said. Fernadez replied: "I don't think that is going to happen".

Barcelona are likely to demand a fee in the region of £40m for the midfielder, who only signed a new contract with the Catalan club in March and who's deal does not end until 2020. Fernandez also said Barcelona had not received any offers for any of their players so far this summer.