Valverde Coy Over Neymar Replacement As Barcelona Hit Chapecoense 5-0

Valverde Coy Over Neymar Replacement As Barcelona Hit Chapecoense 5-0

Barcelona showed life will continue after Neymar’s departure with a 5-0 victory in the Joan Gamper Trophy but coach Ernesto Valverde refused to be drawn into talks of who would be the Brazilian’s replacement. 

The Catalans comfortably defeated Chapecoense 5-0 on Monday with Gerard Deulofeu, Sergio Busquets Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez all scored in a tribute match to the victims of the air-crash which killed the entire team of Brazilian club Chapecoense last year. 

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The newly arrived coach wanted to end discussion on the Brazilian's transfer, but was vague with respect to a replacement.

"He has been a great player for Barca, but he is no longer here and we have to look forward," Valverde said.

"I am not interested in looking back. We have to look at the players we have and solve problems that can arise to win matches.

"At the moment, I have some players in the team who are performing well for me. We will see if anything develops. We know that this club, like every other club, moves accordingly to the market. I am focusing mainly on what I have, the rest is up in the air."

Barcelona open their season proper on Sunday, when they face Real Madrid in Sunday's first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.


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