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Barcelona signing Mathieu tribute to Valverde

Barcelona signing Jeremy Mathieu has paid tribute to former Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde.

Mathieu arrived at Valencia as a fullback, before working with Valverde.

"It was Valverde who taught me how to play this position and little by little I became more comfortable," he said.

"I'm a versatile player, but I feel more comfortable as a center back, I've come here to play as a center back.

"I know that there's a lot of quality at Barça and we all have to be united in order to be successful. I like how the team plays and I hope that I can show my abilities."

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