MD: Barca surprised by Martinez links, coach actually offered himself to FCB
- Martinez hasn't been considered as Valverde's replacement.
- The coach's representatives offered him to Barcelona.
- The club do not plan to change the head coach.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the news about Roberto Martinez potential appointment has been met with surprised looks in the Camp Nou offices. The sources within the club deny any rumours linking the club with the Belgium coach. It is claimed that it was Martinez's camp who reached out to Barcelona offering Roberto's services.
It was reported yesterday that Barcelona are prepared to sack Ernesto Valverde and appoint Roberto Martinez. Ronald Koeman was another candidate, however, the story is likely to be completely made up.
ESPN, Diario Sport, Gerard Romero and several other sources confirmed that Valverde will stay at the club because of Josep Maria Bartomeu. ESPN's Sam Marsden claims that Bartomeu himself has told the media outlet about the decision to keep Valverde for the next season. The president has explained that he "already said as much last weekend, after the Copa del Rey final".