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Vilanova dismisses Cruyff calls

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he will definitely be in charge of the team next season despite calls for him to resign.
Barca legend Johan Cruyff had told the media that Vilanova should step down and focus on his health.

The 44-year-old had a tumour removed in 2011, but suffered a relapse in December 2012 and consequently missed several months of the 2012/13 campaign to undergo treatment.

But Vilanova said he had no intention of relinquishing his post.

"Well, I don't have anything to say because I've already told you. I can say it louder but not clearer. I will be here at Barcelona next season," Vilanova said.

"It is true there have been people talking, like Johan Cruyff. 

"I appreciate the concern about my health and I appreciate his concern about the club situation. 

"All of us know he makes those statements with no motivation and from the impartial point of view."

Vilanova praised the professionalism of the outgoing Victor Valdes, with the goalkeeper having confirmed he will leave the Catalan club when his contract expires next season.

"I have talked with Victor many times during the season. If he decides to stay with us, for me that's fine, I will have less of a problem in my mind," Vilanova said.

"I will have that problem next season when he finishes his contract. But for me there isn't any problem if he decides to see out his last year because I know about the professionalism of Victor.

"He's shown the last few months after he said he would leave Barcelona. His behaviour has been exceptional, so for me there is no problem."
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