Man Utd and Chelsea target Roberto in Valverde's future Barcelona plans

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Amid talk of the midfielder and his team-mate Sergi Samper leaving Camp Nou this summer, the coach is not looking to let them go

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is aiming to keep both Sergi Roberto and Sergi Samper at the club, even if the latter may first have to head out on loan.

The pair have been linked with moves away from Camp Nou in recent days, but Valverde addressed the future of both players in his pre-match news conference ahead of the Supercopa de Espana second leg against Real Madrid.

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Reports have claimed that Chelsea and Manchester United are both prepared to meet Roberto's €40 million release clause, but he has been assured by Valverde that he has a part to play for Barca under his stewardship.

Valverde also acknowledged that he has discussed with Samper - reportedly set for another loan spell - where he might head next.

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"It's true that I've talked to [Samper]," he said. "He came back from a loan [at Granada] in which he did not play the minutes that he or the club wanted.

"Here, he'll have less minutes. I spoke about the idea of ​​him progressing to be a major player in the future.

"[Roberto] is an important player for our team. He is a player I absolutely count on.

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"[Whether he starts] depends on the match. He was important last season and he will be now. He is versatile and can play in many positions."

Barca's options have been boosted by the arrival of former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, who Valverde believes will offer something different to the rest of the squad.

"[Paulinho] is an important player in Brazil - a strong player who can help us from another perspective," he added. "There is no player like him in the team."

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