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Barcelona coach Valverde: Tobido won't affect Murillo status

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says their deal for Jean-Clair Todibo won't affect the status of Jeison Murillo.

With the transfer window closing on Thursday, Barcelona surprisingly swooped to bring Tobido in from Toulouse early, as a summer move had already been agreed.

"He is a player that we were originally going to sign next year," Valverde said, "but given the circumstances at his old club, we decided to finalise the deal in January, so that he can get to know his new teammates and our style of play.

"It is no secret that we were short of central defenders for a while. Now we have five.

"The signing of Tobido will have no bearing on Jeison Murillo's future, all it will do is serve to give him a bit of competition."

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