​Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has handed out a brilliant logic explaining why ​Lion​el Messi does not seem to be involved in initial few minutes of the game.

In an intriguing interview on how Barcelona are preparing for the future of football, the 55-year-old, who replaced Luis Enrique as manager in 2017, describes how many of his players "interpret play."

He told The Financial Times that "you can't think, you must play" when on the pitch, but he admits that Lionel Messi is an exception to that methodology.

"As the game advances, he gets in little by little. But he knows perfectly where the rivals' weaknesses are." Valverde said.

Meanwhile, in the same feature, club president Josep Bartomeu also became involved and spoke about how players have rejected Barca in the past because of the incredible competition within the squad.

"Not all the players I wanted to sign have come to Barcelona." explains Bartomeu.

Speaking about the moments when big players refused to join Barcelona, Bartomeu continued, "I have examples that I cannot say - very important players now playing at other clubs. We told them to come, they were excited but at the last moment they said: 'I can't sign because I will be on the bench,'"

Bartomeu concluded, "We don't want them. Sometimes, they are not strong enough to say: 'where do you want me to play? Xavi is playing, why do you want me? You wan't me to play in Lionel Messi's position? I can't.'"