Barcelona Director Asks For Patience With Malcom

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One player who arrived at Camp Nou in the transfer window was Malcom, who Barcelona pipped Roma to the signing of.

But since his €41m switch from Bordeaux, the Brazilian has featured just twice in LaLiga – both times as a substitute.

Some fans are concerned after coach Ernesto Valverde said he was the club's signing, seemingly insinuating the 21-year-old winger was not a player he asked for.

"Nothing [is wrong with Malcom] – he's young," Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura added. "We signed him because he has talent.

"Now he's not getting minutes, but there's no problem with [the] staff or anyone. He will have minutes because the season is long.

"Ernesto is also a person at the club. All the decisions are taken together. Valverde never said that in the sense you interpret it.

"He has the maximum respect for all the players and would never take steps to break the equilibrium in the dressing room."