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Ernesto Valverde Talks About Pedro, Rakitic, Vidal, And Transfers

Credit: EFE

Credit: EFE

The summer transfer window is right around the corner, so that means most big clubs in Europe are going to be tied to a dozen of rumors and stories about the potential players that could arrive or leave.

Obviously, Barcelona aren't the exception to that rule, as some Blaugrana players are reportedly trying to leave the club in an attempt to find more playing time elsewhere.

One of those players is Ivan Rakitic, who has struggled to become a consistent part of Ernesto Valverde's starting XI and has been tied to a move to Internazionale or Juventus.

However, Valverde played down all those rumors and lauded the Croatian for the way he's playing lately, claiming he'll get more opportunities if he continues to prove his worth:

"He's playing well, as is everybody else. We're in a clinical time of the season and we've found some good form. When it's the summer window, people start asking what happens, then you get to breathe a bit and then it's the winter market.

We have to deal with the challenges we have with the players we have. Rakitic has missed lots of games but he's playing more games now, and if he's doing that, it's because he's playing well," the Spaniard told the press, as quoted by Fichajes.com.

Also, Arturo Vidal has reportedly been in talks with the club about the possibility of leaving in the winter, as the Chilean is frustrated by the lack of playing time since the start of the season.

And with Internazionale openly admitting that they've been trying to sign Vidal from Barcelona, Valverde tried his best to shut down any rumors by stating their club wasn't the one to leak that story to the press:

"How can I respond to information that comes or doesn't come from us? This information came from Inter. They will know. In our case, the market has not yet opened. Arturo is our player and we'll need him if we think it convenient," he added.

Finally, Valverde opened up about the rumors linking Pedro with a Barcelona comeback. While he lauded him and deemed him a historic player, he didn't want to get much into it because of his contract with Chelsea:

"He's a historic Barca player - let's not kid ourselves. He's one of the players to win the most titles with this club, but he plays for another club now. We have to respect players at other clubs. We'll see what might happen in the future," he concluded.

Barcelona aren't likely to make many moves in this upcoming transfer window, and judging by what we've seen from Valverde, he's not going to give much information about it anyway.