Valverde looking forward to working with Messi

Newly-appointed Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is looking forward to work with the many star players that are on the club's books, particularly Lionel Messi.

Valverde was announced as Luis Enrique's successor earlier this week, and his first major task will be to ensure that the club wrestle the La Liga title back from arch-rivals Real Madrid.

The former Barca player led Athletic Bilbao to seventh in the league, and is now faced with a completely different challenge.

But, he wasn't daunted by the task of making the Catalans great again, and insisted that for him, the biggest challenge was working with so many great players.

"The biggest challenge for me will be to coach a great team full of great players," Valverde said at a news conference. "It will be a joy to coach Messi, a unique experience to coach the best player I have ever seen.

"I know that sometimes it looks like he has reached the absolute peak of his powers and then the next day he improves even more. My plan is to help him to keep improving and to enjoy working with him. 

"Barcelona and the club's philosophy are renowned all over the world. I have to adapt and to deepen that characteristic style that Barca have.

"I can count on great players like Leo, Iniesta and more. I consider Andres to be a very important player for the team and for the club.

"I want to help the players improve day after day and create a team spirit that we can rely on at the bad moments and the good moments. We want to bring joy to the fans all around the world and of course to win silverware, that is the main objective."