Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple's iPhone 8 debuts to muted reaction and lower sales

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A French fortune: Liliane Bettencourt's name was synonymous with 'scandal'

Read more

FASHION

Is Barcelona the new Eldorado for European fashion? 

Read more

THE DEBATE

Confiscated vote? Escalation over banned Catalonia referendum

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

UN rights chief says Burma should allow in investigators

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'I asked Macron to invest $300m in girls' education', Malala tells FRANCE 24

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Catalan referendum debacle

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Parents in Mali concerned about Turkish-owned schools

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brexit and the city: Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin vying for new business

Read more

Messi and Neymar praised by Barca boss

© AFP/File | Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during a Spanish league match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2017

BARCELONA (AFP) - 

New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde laughed off the idea of bringing in new players on Monday saying the best signings were the players already in the dressing room.

"I'm more than happy with the way things stand," said Valverde when pressed on the potential signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

"Happy with the players, happy with their work and their attitude," he said as his players prepare for their trip to the United States on Wednesday.

"I really don't care about any player anywhere else," he said, knowing fans will be keen to win back the Spanish League title and indeed the Champions League, both won by their arch-rivals Real Madrid.

"Even if you might argue we need back up in certain areas," he said, adding Barcelona had no offers on the table for any of their players either.

"For me, the best signings are the players I already have in my team."

He said Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona's attacking trident were "a huge factor in the intimidation of our rivals."

"Messi is a unique player and wherever I play him he will flourish. He will continue in the role he has always had, he'll continue to do that very well," he said.

Over the last two seasons Valverde's predecessor Luis Enrique had sometimes strained relations with Messi, who he pulled deeper and then pushed out to the right.

"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.

"As for Neymar -- he's doing very well in his current role, although we know he too could play in other roles," said Valverde of the 25-year-old Brazil captain.

Barcelona play Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in a lightening tour of the United States next week.

© 2017 AFP