Barcelona Coach Valverde Is 'Counting On' Inter Target Rafinha

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot

"Luis is fine", Valverde told reporters in his post-match news conference.

"Last year, at the beginning, there were criticisms because it took him a while to start scoring, but when he started he did not stop".

He featured from the bench as Barca cruised past Boca Juniors 3-0 in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Wednesday and claimed an assist for Rafinha's goal, though some suggested he was still far from his best.

Asked for his opinion on the debate about Suarez's form, the coach added: "He was criticised at the start of last season, too, because he was struggling to score goals regularly".

"Luis is a goalscorer, he's aggressive in the area. It's a matter of patience and perseverance, and what Luis has is perseverance". "With it being in the middle, we lost rhythm at some points, but we ended the game feeling good".

"That's not a question for me", he said when asked if the Spanish-Brazilian midfielder could be sold before the start of September. "I can't wait until the transfer window closes so I can see who I can count on but I am really very happy with Rafinha's perforemnces". "In fact, I'm the person most looking forward to the window shutting because then I'll know what my squad will be [for the season]".

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