Valverde reveals why Arthur missed Barca's training session
- Arthur has had gastroenteritis that forced him to miss Friday's training session
- Valverde is in no rush to extend his contract with Barca
- The coach praises Ousmane Dembele and hopes the winger continues improving
- Valverde wants Malcom to be fit for games this week
"He has had gastroenteritis. We will see how he is today in training and if we can count on him."
The Brazilian midfielder didn't work with the full squad on Friday and trained alone being supervised by the coaching staff.
On the contract's renewal
"I have one year left with a possibility to extend it for one more year. The seasons are long. We are only in September."
Marca expert Luis F. Rojo has recently reported that the relationships between Bartomeu and Valverde are not as idyllic as they used to be in the summer of 2017 when the Basque specialist was only appointed at the Camp Nou stadium.
That's why the parties have to come to a conclusion whether it would be 'appropriate' to 'maintain this relationship for longer'.
On Ousmane Dembele
"We expected a lot from him. It's not that I am surprised by his recent games, I hope that what he does is only the start."
"It's good news he is called up by Brazil. Yesterday he completed a full training. I hope that he will be available this week."