‘La Liga abroad sounds strange’ – Valverde

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde insists the idea of La Liga playing matches abroad ‘sounds strange’ but reasoned ‘for now it is just an idea’.

Last week the Spanish league announced a 15-year deal with US company Relevent to stage certain league matches in the nation, with a hope of the first taking place in 2018/19.

“It sounds strange to me to play a domestic league game abroad,” Valverde told reporters.

“But by the same token, it also sounded weird to play the Spanish Super Cup abroad and we did that…maybe some day the Moroccan Super Cup will be in Spain, but that will still be strange.

“That being said, football has already crossed borders as a sport, becoming something else…we will see what happens, because as for now this is just an idea.”

Details of the arrangement are still unclear and it is likely that both the Spanish FA and FIFA will have to ratify any move from La Liga before such games take place.

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