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Valverde wants Jasper Cillessen to stay at Barcelona

Valverde wants Cillessen to stay at Barcelona

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Jasper Cillessen has been linked with a summer move away from Barcelona, but Ernesto Valverde wants him to stay and compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Ernesto Valverde hopes Jasper Cillessen remains at Barcelona after the Dutch goalkeeper suggested his future is unclear. Barça paid an initial €13million to sign Cillessen from Ajax in 2016 and he made just four appearances in LaLiga and the Champions League over his first two seasons, as he featured mostly in the Copa del Rey.

Jasper Cillessen in action against Roma.

Ter Stegen returns

The 29-year-old has started all three of the Catalan giants' International Champions Cup fixtures but was replaced by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who only returned from a post-World Cup break this week, at half-time in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to AC Milan in Santa Clara.

When asked in the mixed zone after the match if he will move on before the end of the transfer window, Cillessen simply responded: "I don't know." But head coach Valverde made it clear he wants the Dutchman to remain at Camp Nou and provide competition for Ter Stegen.

Jasper Cillessen during Tottenham game in Pasadena.

Healthy competition

"My idea is to have two good goalkeepers, the two we have now, Marc and Jasper," Valverde said. "It's true that [Cillessen has] not played as much as Marc, but that's what being a goalkeeper can be like. He knows what I think. I don't think he will be hard work if he stays – we are very happy with his professionalism and his attitude. We hope he stays with us and is happy here."

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