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Barca coach won't rule out further signings

English.news.cn   2014-08-18 08:28:24

MADRID, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has refused to rule out the possibility of his side making further signings before the end of August.

It has been a bust summer in the offices of the Camp Nou Stadium with the arrival of two goalkeepers Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo, defenders, Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen, midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez to bolster the squad, but with the BBVA Primera Liga due to kick off in a week, the former player and B-team boss says more new faces could arrive.

"I am not saying that the squad is closed," said the Barca coach ahead of Monday's traditional 'Joan Gamper' presentation game.

"The club has to always be thinking about the possibility of reinforcements in all of the markets in order to be stronger," he added.

The coach also referred to the decision by the Court of Arbitration in Sport last Thursday to maintain Suarez's four month suspension for biting Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup, but to allow him to at least train with his companions.

It won't be a problem for us as the squad is sufficiently solid to be able to face up to the start of the campaign with those who are available. He is a great player is what we were looking for and on Monday he will be able to play so the fans can see him," said Luis Enrique, who added that Neymar and Xavi Hernandez could also appear, while Leo Messi will be allowed a free role.

"Leo understands situations with ease and we are never going to shut him out of situations on the pitch. After watching him train, I am surprised by everything that he can give us," admitted the coach.

Finally Luis Enrique explained the decision to loan young striker Gerard Deulofeu to Sevilla, saying the Spain Under-21 was "not going to get the minutes he needs and so I think a loan will be good for him."

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