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Ernesto Valverde reflects on the progression of record signings Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho after Barca’s 6-1 thrashing of Girona.
Girona took the lead inside three minutes at Camp Nou, but Barcelona responded quickly and often, putting six goals past the European hopefuls.

Lucas Digne has “no reason to complain” about his situation at Barcelona and does not believe a lack of playing time will affect his chances of making France’s squad for the World Cup this summer.

Digne, 24, has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Barca this season but has spent the majority of the campaign as the backup to Jordi Alba.

However, he has started three La Liga games in the last month and will start against Las Palmas on Thursday, with Alba missing the game through suspension.

The former Roma and Paris Saint-Germain left-back said he is happy with his role at Camp Nou and feels he has the support of Ernesto Valverde.

“The games come very quickly, which allows everyone to play,” Digne told L’Equipe. “I have played three of the last four games in La Liga — one even at centre-back — and I feel good when I’m in the team.

“I don’t have any reason to complain. I played three Champions League games in the group stages, including against Juventus in Turin. The coach [Ernesto Valverde] has faith in me. Of course, I’d like to play more, like everyone, but it’s part of playing for a great club.”

Lucas Digne does not believe that being a backup at Barcelona has hurt his chances of representing France at the World Cup.

Diario Sport reported earlier this year that Digne could leave the club this summer in an attempt to establish him as the first choice at another club.

“I don’t ask myself questions about the future because the team works with a lot of rotations here,” he said. “I get chances to play and I’m able to fight for trophies every season.

“Will I be at Barcelona 100 percent next year? I don’t know. … In football, everything goes very quickly, so I can’t respond [to that] today. All I can say is that I’m having an exceptional time at the club.”

An injury to Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has allowed Digne to make his case to be the left-back for France.

With 20 caps to his name, he hopes to earn more this summer in Russia and doesn’t believe the fact he has Alba ahead of him will ruin his chances of making the squad.

“I’m not afraid [of missing out on the World Cup] because I am playing [at Barca],” he said. “If I wasn’t getting playing time, that could be damaging, but that’s not the case.”

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

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