Valverde plays down exit talk

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde accepts there will always be pressure in his job and insists he isn't worried about his future.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde accepts there will always be pressure in his job and insists he isn’t worried about his future.

Valverde led Barcelona to a second successive La Liga crown in 2018-19 and they could end the season with a domestic double.

They go up against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday but reports have suggested it could be his last game in charge.

The former Bilbao boss has failed to achieve success in Europe, having thrown away a three-goal lead against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, and it’s understood he could be moved on.

However, Valverde is remaining defiant and insists the board have complete faith in his ability to improve their fortunes next season.

Valverde said: ‘I don’t think too much about if [losing the final] could influence me staying on.

‘I just think about winning.

We know, as managers, that we’re part of the spectacle of the game and that we’re always playing for our futures.

‘It’s not just me, either.

[Valencia coach] Marcelino’s had some tough moments, Real Madrid have changed manager twice.

The club have always backed my work.

I don’t have any complaints; I’m delighted to be here.’

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