Rivaldo ticks off Barca for their treatment of the youth academy

The former Barca forward sent a message to the Catalan giants

Rivaldo y Deco se divirtieron con aficionados en la Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper | BETFAIR

"They've always talked about players like Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol, but they have left the club... since then we have not seen new players of quality coming from La Masia," said Rivaldo. The Brazilian forward sent Barcelona's board a clear message while working as a Betfair ambassador.

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Asked about Jeison Murillo's signing and the possible arrivals of Rabiot and De Jong, Rivaldo said Barca "should look more at La Masia and less outside the club. Murillo arrived, they're talking about Rabiot and De Jong... in my opinion the club doesn't need to reinforce from outside. They have an excellent structure and should focus on moving through new young talents."

On Valverde Rivaldo said: "The resutls will determind his future. The team is working and is a firm candidate for the trophies. That said, if they fail in the Champions League again, doubts appear. Valverde has no reason not to be happy in a job that is the dream for any cocah. To talk about replacements for him now is a waste of time."



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