Surprising, Valverde plans to confirm this defender in squad

Recently enquired about by West Bromwich Albion, Belgian international centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (31) seems to be unexpectedly staying put at Barcelona FC, since Blaugrana new manager, Ernesto Valverde, seems thrilled with what he’s so far seen of him.

Coming from a season spent playing for AS Roma as a loanee, mostly marked out by injuries, former Arsenal captain is still on a deal with Barça until June 2019.