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Ernesto Valverde Says Barcelona Are Counting On Neymar

But it’s the rumours off the pitch about Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar’s possible 222 million euro transfer to Paris Saint Germain that is grabbing headlines.Barcelona have won the International Champions Cup, after beating Real Madrid 3-2 in a thrilling El Clasico on Saturday night.After the match he said: “I always try to talk about things that happen rather than things that might happen”.”Neymar is here, we have him and we think he will help us this season”, Valverde told reporters.Should Neymar decide to leave, then a replacement will be needed, with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho still high on Valverde’s wanted list.It should have been a fourth for Barca in the 55th minute after Neymar rounded Navas but fired wide following some fancy work from Messi, while Suarez was denied by the Costa Rican moments later and Samuel Umtiti had an effort cleared off the line.Rakitic and Messi netted inside the first seven minutes to put the Catalans 2-0 at the Hard Rock Stadium.Stung into action by Barca’s early rampage, Zinedine Zidane’s men pulled one back through Mateo Kovacic after a mazy run from midfield with an angled drive to beat Jasper Cillessen from the edge of the area. Benzema, who’d barely had a sniff, dragged just wide on 19 minutes with Cillessen beaten. It was a key save because in the 36th Asensio levelled for Madrid. But he said there was plenty of time to get things right before Madrid take on Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.”I expect the best from Messi and all the players but he is extraordinary and we are aiming to win all the titles this season”.After the match, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde did not give too much away about Neymar’s future despite all the speculation and apparent emotion.Finally, asked another questions about Neymar, Valverde remained calm but insisted he did not want to speculate and would wait to see what would happen.