Ernesto Valverde has played down the controversy surrounding new Barcelona signing, Kevin-Prince Boateng, hitting back, saying that all of the club’s signings are always controversial. The Spanish giants have signed the German-Ghanaian on a six-month loan deal, with the option to make the switch permanent at the end of the season for a fee of €8 million. 

After his signing, many took the time to dig up Boateng’s past comments, confirming his bias towards Real Madrid. ​Barcelona fans, on the other hand, have questioned his consistency and what value he will add to the squad. 

Valverde, ahead of taking on Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-finals commitment, addressed the whispers and doubts. 

“Kevin-Prince Boateng is a player who has experience, knows the league and the role he will develop, he is different from Munir and if Munir still was here he would not have come,” he said, as quoted by Barca Blaugranes. 

“We hope he helps us, he is a strong player. We trust Boateng a lot and let’s not forget he had a great season with Las Palmas. All of Barça’s signings are always controversial. People spoke a lot about Paulinho and Arthur but they gave us good performances.”

He also talked about Barcelona’s trip to Sevilla, reiterating their quality. 

He added: “Sevilla are a great team with experience in the qualifying rounds and have the measure of this competition. Our analysis was based on the fact that they are a strong rival at home and in the knock out ties.”

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