Valverde Plays Down Rift Rumours

Valverde Plays Down Rift Rumours

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is unfazed by reports of a bust up between Arturo Vidal following recent social media activity. Vidal, a summer signing from Bayern Munich for 19 million euros, posted an angry face emoji on Instagram after his three-minute cameo against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, an apparent dig at his lack of playing time.

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He has made eight appearances in all competitions for the La Liga giants this season, but most of them have been like the Tottenham game – odd appearances from the bench.

Valverde though, is not concerned by rumours of the reports flying around, saying Vidal remains a valuable member of his squad.

“Nothing has changed, we’re the same team,” the Coach said at a Press conference for Sunday’s showdown with Valencia in La Liga.

“Arturo Vidal hasn’t told me anything and I don’t know if he’s angry about the game or if he had a personal problem. I don’t know.”