Valverde unsure on Cillessen future

Ernesto Valverde admitted goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen may leave Barcelona this summer but he wants him to remain at the club.

The Dutch international’s contract at the Camp Nou runs through until June 2021 and contains a €60m release clause, while it is believed he wants more first-team football.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Valverde admitted in a press conference, as cited by Marca.

“I want to have two goalkeepers in the first-team squad and I am very happy to have both Marc and Jasper, although it is true one has not played as much as the other.

“Jasper knows what I believe and it is my belief that he will not be any trouble should he stay here because his a professional with an excellent attitude.

“Ultimately we hope the goalkeeping situation this season is the same as last season.”

Cillessen, 29, joined Barca from Ajax in 2016 but has struggled to dislodge Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from the number one spot and has made just two La Liga appearances across two seasons.

In June, the goalkeeper said: “I think that I played well in the matches I had in the Copa del Rey.

“I need to wait patiently. The only thing I know is that Barcelona won't sell me.

“Arsenal and Liverpool aren't bad clubs but if Barcelona say, 'We love you,' then I'll accept their decision and continue there.

“I'll wait until we return on July 16 to see what they've decided. I don't know anything. If the club wants to keep me, I'll accept that. I signed a five-year deal with them.”

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