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Barcelona coach Valverde defends Deulofeu treatment after Watford move

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde denies he froze out Gerard Deulofeu over the first-half of the season.

The winger quit Barca for Watford this week, joining them on-loan to the end of this campaign.

Valverde said: "It's the circumstances that can happen, he had a lot of desire when he came in. He has had options to be able to demonstrate it, it has not come out as we would have liked and we talked to him and we saw that the best thing was that he enjoyed more minutes.

"That there is a World Cup and that he can be a selection, that does not mean he will not do well, I am happy with him on a personal level because of how he has been here."

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