Rafa Márquez: "Gallardo has everything required to manage Barça"
The former Barcelona defender was speaking to TNT Sports and claimed that Gallardo has "the relevant experience and know-how" required to take over from Valverde.
Despite all sides maintaining that no contact has been established between Marcelo Gallardo and FC Barcelona, River Plate are trying to remained focused on the 2019 Copa Libertadores final, the Copa Argentina and domestic Superliga as the rumours linking "El Muñeco" with the Camp Nou bench showing no sign of abating.
The latest individual to fan the flames is former Barcelona defender Rafa Márquez with the Mexican giving his vote of confidence for Gallardo to replace Valverde on the Camp Nou hot-seat. "I believe that Marcelo has all the experience and know-how necessary to assume the role" stated the former Atlas player on the Halcones y Palomas show on the TNT Sports network.
Marquez pulled on the famous claret and navy shirt for Barça on 163 occasions from 2003-2012 winning twelve titles in his time at the Catalan club.