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Cruyff warns Barcelona over transfer policy

Johan Cruyff believes Barcelona should not become obsessed about buying a world star after they were turned down by Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

Dutchman Cruyff starred for Barca as a player in the 1970s and then as a coach, leading them to their first European Cup success in 1992, but is adamant signing big-name players is not always a passport to success.

'You cannot sign an Eto'o or a Ronaldinho each year because this would be a disaster and it is unfortunate that the Catalan press do not realise that,' he said.

'I do though think that Henry made a mistake not coming here because in the Spanish league he would have had the chance of becoming an extraordinary player all over the world and not just in the part which speaks English.

'The important thing at the moment is to make a team which functions on and off the pitch.'

After two seasons of bringing in high-profile players, last year's only additions were Mark van Bommel and Santi Ezquerro who served to reinforce the squad and Cruyff thinks that is the way to proceed although he recognises that with the departure of former Celtic star Henrik Larsson, Barca need to bring in a new striker.

'Larsson is technically an excellent player with different qualities and he almost never makes a mistake,' he added.