Former Barcelona Boss Valverde Ignore Questions About Lionel Messi During His Reign at Camp Nou

Former Barcelona Boss Valverde Ignore Questions About Lionel Messi During His Reign at Camp Nou

  • Ernesto Valverde is yet to return to football management after his departure from Barcelona in January 2020
  • The Spaniard was in charge of the club from 2017 to 2020 and won four titles in the process including two La Ligas
  • The 57-year-old has now refused to comment on what happened during his stay at Camp Nou, saying it is better for it to remain a secret

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Ernesto Valverde has insisted that he will not talk about what transpired during his time at Barcelona.

The 57-year-old has not managed any club since he was booted out by the Catalans in the winter of 2020 over an alleged poor run of results.

Although he was unable to do exploits for them in the Champions League, he, however, won two Spanish Leagues, one Copa Del Rey, and one Spanish Super Cup for the Blaugranas.

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Former Barcelona boss Valverde ignore questions about Lionel Messi during his reign at Camp Nou
Former Barcelona boss Valverde and Lionel Messi after a Copa Del Rey match against Celta Vigo in January 2018. Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates
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But that appears not enough for the team and they terminated his deal on 13 January 2020, after recording a 3–2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

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His departure ushered in the reign of former Real Betis handler Quique Setien, who also didn't last more than six months before being shown the exit doors.

What Ernesto Valverde said

Meanwhile, Valverde who is still not sure what his future would look like having refused to take up another managerial job since January 2020 said according to Marca quoting Extremadura native:

"I can't say what happened. It's part of the mystique. It's better that people don't know what we're like and think we know it all. It's better that people don't know the truth."

The former forward also reflected on plans to return to football management during the interview, saying:

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"I suppose it's possible I could coach again. But it would have to be a different project, something stimulating and motivating.

"After leaving Barcelona I needed some downtime. I had wanted to travel, but with the pandemic, it wasn't possible. At the moment I'm not clear about what I'm going to do next..

Lionel Messi's exit had earlier reported how Lionel Messi was mobbed upon arrival in Paris as thousands of supporters throng the airport as well as the Parc des Princes Messi to welcome him.

After putting pen on paper on a two-year deal, Lionel Messi has stated that he is delighted to join a huge club like Paris Saint-Germain, Rock Hill Herald reports. The French giants signed the Argentine on free transfer after he completed his medical in Paris on Tuesday, August 10.

Twenty-four hours later, Messi was presented to the media in a news conference at the Parc des Princes stadium.

He will now play alongside former teammate Neymar and then Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos.


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