Barcelona Coach Doubles Down on KP Boateng Signing

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Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has said that he made the right choice in purchasing Kevin Prince Boateng.

The former Ghanaian international has been a bit of a nomad in recent years, turning up for Las Palmas and most recently Sassuolo in the Serie A.

His signing for Barcelona came as a shock with many already saying that the former Schalke player will flop.

However, Valverde is having none of it

The controversial coach also signed Paulinho and Arturo Vidal, two players that have been deemed by many as ‘past it’ but so far, both players worked pretty well.

Valverde has made sure the press did not forget that.

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“Since I’ve been here, all of them are controversial signings, and then…?

“[About] Arturo Vidal, Paulinho, you talked a lot, with Arthur also, then he also gives us a great performance. Things always end up going well.”

The coach was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg at Sevilla and he had a few words to say about possible departures.

“The departure of Munir [El Haddadi] is a matter of the club, and we would like to have strikers in the team who score 15 goals, but that’s not been the case. Boateng arrives for a few months.

“He knows the trade, a player who, having made a career in other positions, now plays as a number nine, he knows La Liga and the role he is playing in.

“He was available, Munir left, the club thought he was the best option and I hope he helps us a lot.”

Boateng has also been seen as something of a bad boy, but Valverde is relaxed about it and expects no problems moving forward.

“We trust in the presumption of innocence,” Valverde said. “We do not want to fight with him, but want him to help us and to score goals. In Las Palmas he had a great year.”

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