Ernesto Valverde has hit out at Pep Guardiola, after new Barcelona signing Frenkie De Jong, claimed the Manchester City boss made contact with him personally about signing for the Premier League champions.
De Jong had been heavily linked with City, before agreeing a deal with Barca.
Last week, the midfielder claimed that Guardiola had contacted him directly, whilst he was still under contract at former club Ajax.
He opted to join Valverde’s Barcelona instead, snubbing both City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain and the Barca boss was critical of Guardiola’s attempts to lure his man.
“Talking to a player who is under contract with another team is something that can’t be done
“You can’t talk to a player who is under contract and that’s something that isn’t in my personal code, but suffice to say, everyone has their own way of acting,” he told Marca.