Barcelona's technical secretary takes a dig at Real Madrid

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez fired a shot at rival Real Madrid over its lack of transfer activity, saying it was down to its expensive bench players.

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Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez fired a shot at rival Real Madrid over its lack of transfer activity, saying it was down to its expensive bench players.

European champion Madrid was largely inactive during the window, the return of Alvaro Morata for €30million its only major piece of business.

Barca, meanwhile, added the likes of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Lucas Digne and Jasper Cillessen to its already star-studded squad.

Fernandez pointed to Madrid's bench players as the reason Zinedine Zidane's hands were largely tied.

"European teams that cannot make investments is because they make large investments on who do not play," he told RAC1.

"They are making large investments. It's sometimes difficult to improve to the bench.

"They have players who do not play and have cost a lot of money."

James Rodriguez, who cost Madrid €80m in mid-2014, was expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, but remained despite reported interest from elsewhere.

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