Valverde was forbidden from playing me by Barcelona – Munir

Munir El Haddadi
SEVILLE, SPAIN - AUGUST 14: Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona looks on during the match between Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona as part of the Spanish Super Cup Final 1st Leg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 14, 2016 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

New Sevilla signing Munir El Haddadi says he is grateful to have joined Sevilla as he claims Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was told not to feature him.

Munir El Haddadi claims Ernesto Valverde was “forbidden” from including him in his match day squad by the club’s hierarchy because he did not want to renew his contract, According to FourFourTwo

Munir tweeted:

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“When I returned from holiday [at the start of January] I told the club that I did not want to renew,” he told reporters on Monday at his Sevilla presentation.

“The coach [Valverde] told me that he was forbidden from counting on me by those above him. I kept working and I was lucky to come before [June] to Sevilla.”

Munir took part in Sevilla’s 2-0 LaLiga defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.