Barcelona striker Lionel Messi thanks departing outgoing coach Luis Enrique


Valverde also offered assurances to fans that he would aim to satisfy them by staying true to Barcelona's entertaining style on the field.

One of the sticks with which Luis Enrique was beaten during his third and final season which only delivered the Copa del Rey was his insistence on making Barca a more direct, counter-attacking force.

Asked for his general expectations after succeeding 2015 treble victor Luis Enrique, the 54-year-old replied, "I'd like things to go well and let the people enjoy it". I know it seems like he is at his peak, but every day he surprises you and the next day he is better still.

Valverde, who is nicknamed "the ant" and is a respected photographer in his spare time, joins Barca after six seasons in charge of Athletic Bilbao, where he was the longest serving manager.

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The 53-year-old evaded a controversy-seeking question about Neymar's alleged privileges in the dressing room.

'I want to help the players improve day after day and create a team spirit that we can rely on at the bad moments and the good moments.

A recent report from Don Balon revealed that Chelsea were willing to negotiate, even though they prefer to keep the former Osasuna man, who cost them a measly £7 million back in 2012.

He was called upon to replace Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of another year. "I know that coaches are blamed for every defeat, I know what I have exposed myself to", he added.

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"Valverde has the ability, judgment, knowledge and experience". After I have spoken with him then I'll be able to speak about that [his future] in more depth.

"I hope to enjoy seeing him play and do everything possible to help him".

"The demands of Barcelona are always like that so that won't change so I'm convinced it can be a great season if we do things right". "We have a summer tour with games against tough teams, and the idea is to get ready for the Super Cup".

'To say what can be improved is a unsafe thing and I can only tip my hat to what my predecessor Luis Enrique, who is a great coach, achieved here. But even more importantly than that, he knows just how important it will be to enjoy success.

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"We expected more this season, we can't say that it was a successful one", Bartomeu said.