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- Fabian BiastochSaturday, 09.11.2019
FC Barcelona are in a crisis of earnings, and the future of Ernesto Valverde is more open than ever. Now, a potential successor commented on the rumors.
Marcelo Gallardo remains calm despite the speculation about a move to Barcelona. The River Plate coach has been trading for weeks as a possible successor to Ernesto Valverde.
Nobody approached him, explained Marcelo Gallardo at a press conference. "It's not the time to talk about such things," added the coach with a view to the upcoming important games.
On November 23, the Argentinians meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores on Flamengo.
"There is nothing that makes me lose focus on the upcoming goals," said the 43-year-old, who is still tied to River Plate until 2021.
Since 2014, Gallardo has won twice the South American Champions League with the record champions. In addition, an Argentine Cup success and a victory in the Copa Sudamericana.
Only champion he has not yet become with River Plate. Currently, the team is one point behind juniors and Lanus in third place of the Argentine Primera Division.
The contract of the Barca fans unpopular Ernesto Valverde (55) at FC Barcelona is valid until the end of the season.
As the sports daily AS reports, former Argentine international Claudio Borghi (55) claims to have learned from a "reliable source" that Gallardo will become the Valverde heir later this year.
"Gallardo will be installed as Barcelona coach in December," Borghi said. "At the moment he's one of the best coaches in the world."
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