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Rafael Marquez sends Barcelona a clear message about Pau Victor

Barcelona Atletic coach Rafa Marquez has had his say on Pau Victor’s future as the forward nears the end of his loan deal at the club.

Victor has had a fantastic season for Marquez’s team. He scored 18 goals in 35 games and helped the team to the play-off final.

It is not yet clear what will happen to Victor, who is due to return to Girona after Barcelona failed to activate a purchase option in his contract.

Marquez says he told Barcelona earlier this season it was worth keeping hold of the forward.

“I tried to tell them at the beginning of this year that this boy had enough potential to take him over.

“I think we were slow to make an offer. I don’t know if the talks will continue, that’s out of my hands.”

Victor is now set to return to Girona, although there was speculation he would remain at Barca as part of a deal that will see Oriol Romeu return to Girona.