Valverde: I Hope Barcelona Don’t Sign Aduriz

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Athletic Bilbao manager, Ernesto Valverde has revealed he hopes Barcelona don’t come for star player Aritz Aduriz.

Aduriz scored a hat trick in the 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, taking his tally to 20 goals in the Liga.

And Aduriz has gotten better with each passing season at Athletic, finding the net 18 times in his first two season and 26 times last season.

However, with December on the horizon, Aduriz is only six goals away from matching that tally following a flying start to new season.

”We have to hope that Barcelona don’t sign Aduriz because he represents the culmination of the way we play,” Valverde said after the win against Rayo.

“We are very fortunate to have him in the team – for every year that passes, he gets better and better.

“He has great belief in his ability, provides a fantastic outlet and is a treasure for us.”

Barça are reportedly keen to sign a new forward in January to provide back up for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar following the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea in the summer.

Luis Enrique has confirmed he is open to new arrivals when the transfer window opens.



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