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BARCELONA — Ernesto Valverde is trying to restructure Barcelona’s squad in January after he was left with an extra of gamers when the switch window closed earlier this month.

Thomas Vermaelen and Arda Turan haven’t performed a single minute within the Champions League or La Liga this season and are two of the gamers Valverde is reported to be eager to maneuver on.

Diario Sport reported on Saturday that the coach has already informed the membership he needs to lighten the squad within the winter as the trail for among the extra gifted kids within the B group is at the moment blocked.

Valverde denied that story, however he did affirm he would moderately work with a smaller squad.

“There are 24 gamers within the squad and I’m actually proud of the gamers I’ve,” he stated in a information convention forward of Sunday’s league sport in opposition to Las Palmas at Camp Nou.

“After we get to January, although, maybe we’ll speak about restructuring. However so far as the squad is worried, I’ll admit that I do not like squads to be too massive.”

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde stated he prefers to work with small squads.

Valverde, seemingly rising uninterested in being requested about gamers who haven’t been concerned as a lot as others, grew exasperated when requested in regards to the omission of Gerard Deulofeu for the final two video games.

“You prefer to ask about gamers that are not within the group,” he replied. “Deulofeu’s the most recent… you are at all times asking the identical questions. I can solely decide 18 gamers. There are greater than that within the squad and solely 11 may be on the pitch. What can I do?”

One constant in Valverde’s group is Lionel Messi and the Argentina star is about to make his 594th look for Barca this weekend, transferring forward of Carles Puyol in third place on the membership’s all-time look checklist.

Solely Andres Iniesta (638) and Xavi Hernandez (767) have performed extra video games for Barcelona than Messi.

“That reveals not simply his degree — as a result of that is not what appearances measure — however his capability for smashing information,” Valverde stated.

“It is one document after one other. He appears to simply go on and on and on, beating document after document after document. Puyol was right here for a few years and Messi has solely simply turned 30 and he is already surpassed him.”

Barca can prolong their successful begin to the La Liga season to seven video games — and 9 in all competitions — with a win over Las Palmas.

Nevertheless, Valverde is cautious of taking something with no consideration in opposition to a aspect who arrive at Camp Nou with a brand new supervisor after Pako Ayestaran changed Manolo Marquez earlier this week.

“It is necessary to enter the worldwide break with our ninth consecutive win,” Valverde added.

“Las Palmas have at all times been a skillful, technical group who prefer to tackle groups and do injury by means of good soccer. When analysing them this time there’s the added problem of a brand new supervisor, which makes a distinction.

“Perhaps that might make them a ‘shock’ package deal, but it surely’s nonetheless the identical gamers and we all know Pako from his time at Valencia.”

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

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