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El Clasico: Ancelotti sends message to Koeman after Real Madrid defeated Barcelona
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El Clasico: Ancelotti sends message to Koeman after Real Madrid defeated Barcelona

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has sent his solidarity to Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, following his side’s LaLiga El Clasico 2-1 win against the Catalan club over the weekend. Ancelotti and Koeman were seen exchanging words after the final whistle at Camp Nou. Koeman is currently enduring a tough time at Barcelona this season due to his side’s poor performances and results. Recall that two goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez ensured Real Madrid defeated Barcelona as Sergio Ramos’s late goal was not enough. “It’s a tough job, you have to keep going,” Ancelotti said to Koeman, showing real empathy as the Dutchman responded with a smile. He added at his post-match press conference, “I’m happy to win El Clasico because it’s the most important match. “They [Ba...
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti names squad for El Clasico
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti names squad for El Clasico

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has named his side’s squad to face Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Ancelotti released a list of 23 players to tackle Barcelona in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Saturday. Real Madrid head to the game following a 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Barcelona: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Luis López. Defenders: Carvajal, E. Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Camavinga and Blanco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo and Mariano. The kick-off time for Barcelona vs Real Madrid is 3.15 pm.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Koeman names squad for El Clasico
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Koeman names squad for El Clasico

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has announced a 23-man squad to face Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Koeman named the squad in a post via Barcelona’s official website on Saturday. Koeman’s side head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday. Barcelona are currently in the seventh position on the LaLiga table with 15 points from eight games. Below is Barcelona’s squad against Real Madrid: Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, Sergio, Riqui Puig, Memphis, Ansu Fati, Demir, Neto, Coutinho, Lenglet, L. De Jong, Jordi Alba, Kun Agüero, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, O. Mingueza, Umtiti, Eric, Iñaki Peña, Nico, Gavi and Balde. R. Araujo, O. Meanwhile, Dembéle, Braithwaite and Pedri miss out through injury. The kick-off time for Ba...
Aguero refused to take Messi’s No.10 shirt and says it ‘looks good’ on Barcelona team-mate Ansu Fati
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Aguero refused to take Messi’s No.10 shirt and says it ‘looks good’ on Barcelona team-mate Ansu Fati

The Argentine striker has explained why he opted to wear the No.19 jersey instead of the one previously worn by his compatriot Sergio Aguero has revealed that he refused to take Lionel Messi's No.10 shirt while talking up the talents of Barcelona team-mate Ansu Fati. Aguero joined Barca on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester City at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, and was initially expected to link up with fellow Argentina international Messi at Camp Nou. However, that scenario never materialised as the Blaugrana saw Messi leave amid their struggles to reduce their crippling wage bill, and Aguero has now admitted that he turned down the chance to inherit his compatriot's highly-coveted jersey.  
Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv: Koeman releases squad for Champions League clash
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Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv: Koeman releases squad for Champions League clash

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has named his side’s squad to face Dynamo Kyiv in Wednesday’s Champions League tie. Koeman released a list of 22 players to tackle Dynamo Kyiv at Camp Nou. The Dutchman announced the squad in a post on Barcelona’s website on Tuesday. Koeman’s side head to the game following a 3-1 victory over Valencia in their last fixture.
El Clasico: Koeman to be without three key players for Barcelona, Real Madrid game
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El Clasico: Koeman to be without three key players for Barcelona, Real Madrid game

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, will be without three key players when his side tackles Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico. According to Marca, the three players are Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo. The trio will miss the El Clasico at Camp Nou due to injuries. Koeman was hoping to have Pedri back for the El Clasico after he missed their game against Valencia and he is also expected to miss Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Pedri had suffered a thigh injury ahead of the recent international break. Dembele, on the other hand, is yet to make an appearance for Barcelona this season after sustaining a knee injury during France’s European Championship campaign in the summer. Araujo was a casualty of the latest international ...
Pedri signs Barcelona deal with 1 billion euro release clause
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Pedri signs Barcelona deal with 1 billion euro release clause

Barcelona have confirmed their player, Pedri, has agreed a contract extension that will see him remain at Camp Nou until 2026. The LaLiga giants also said that Pedri’s deal has a 1 billon euro release clause. Barcelona disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. “FC Barcelona and the player, Pedro González ‘Pedri’, have agreed a contract extension up to 30 June 2026. The release clause is set at 1 billion euro. “The new contract ties down the player from the Canary Islands for the rest of this season and a further 4 years. The official signing will take place on Friday 15 October,” Barcelona’s statement partly read. Pedri, 18, joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in 2020.
I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation
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I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has insisted that he was “told” to leave Barcelona after he returned to Camp Nou following his Copa America triumph with Argentina. Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The 34-year-old’s contract at Barcelona had expired, but there was an expectation Messi would sign fresh terms with the LaLiga giants. “I came back to Barcelona (from the Copa America in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of holiday that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me,” Messi told France Football. “I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature (on the contract). “But whe...
Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is
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Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is

The Spain international, who has been making impressive progress in England, has seen a shock loan switch mooted for the January window Ferran Torres is reading little into reports suggesting that Manchester City could allow him to join Barcelona on loan in January, with the Spain international pointing out that “there are always rumours”. The 21-year-old forward is a player who has registered on the radars of Barca and Real Madrid since bursting onto a senior stage at Valencia. Clasico rivals were unable to do a deal when a big-money move was made in 2020, as City won that race, but a stint at Camp Nou is being speculated on again ahead of the winter transfer window.  
LaLiga: Many things have changed – Iniesta opens up on return to Barcelona
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LaLiga: Many things have changed – Iniesta opens up on return to Barcelona

Barcelona legend, Andres Iniesta, has revealed his plans to return to Camp Nou in the future. Iniesta, who currently plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, said many things have changed at Barcelona. Barcelona are going through a difficult period both domestically and in Europe. Ronald Koeman’s side have lost their last two games against Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga and Benfica in the Champions League. But Iniesta, 37, believes they can get back on track. “I will always see Barcelona in a good way because I still see a different team,” Iniesta told BBC. “Many things have changed since then. Naturally, the players are different, but there’s still an idea, a concept.” “Yes, it is something I hope to do [return to Barcelona],” he added. “I would like it ...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona is ‘Special’ to me – Luis Suarez
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona is ‘Special’ to me – Luis Suarez

Atletico Madrid star, Luis Suarez, has insisted that Barcelona is ‘special’ to him because of the moments he experienced during his time at Camp Nou. The Uruguay forward, however, said that he must now give his hundred per cent work to Atletico. Suarez said this while reacting to Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga 2-0 win over Barcelona on Saturday night. Atletico Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-0 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to goals from Thomas Lemar and Suarez. Recall that Suarez was told that he was surplus to requirements when Ronald Koeman took charge as Barcelona manager. “I’m happy with the team’s victory, which is what we wanted,” Suarez said at his post-match press conference after the game. “The opponent are special due to the moments I experien...
LaLiga: Koeman reveals conversation with Laporta after Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona
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LaLiga: Koeman reveals conversation with Laporta after Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has revealed his conversation with the club’s president, Joan Laporta, following their 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in a LaLiga clash on Saturday. Koeman said he had spoken with Laporta about his position at Camp Nou and believes more certainty about his future will help improve Barca. According to him, Laporta told him that everything is perfect. Barcelona lost to Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following goals from Thomas Lemar and Luis Suarez “It went well because before, there was no clarity,” said Koeman in his post-match press conference after the game. “We [I and Laporta] spoke last night on the phone, then again this morning, about the club, the team, about me. “Clarity is very important, for th...
Barcelona wages still €300m over La Liga limit despite Messi and Griezmann departures
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Barcelona wages still €300m over La Liga limit despite Messi and Griezmann departures

The Catalan club will have to keep cutting costs over the next year or two before they will be allowed to bring in any big names Barcelona are still in serious financial trouble despite lowering their wage budget with the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann among others, Goal understands. The Camp Nou side saved €200 million (£171m/$232m) in salaries over the course of the summer, giving them some breathing room amid their financial crisis. But the club continue to drown in debt and their unsustainable situation will force them into further cuts next year.  
Ansu Fati breaks silence on inheriting Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona
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Ansu Fati breaks silence on inheriting Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona

Barcelona forward, Ansu Fati, has broken his silence on inheriting the club’s legend Lionel Messi’s no 10 shirt at Camp Nou. Fati said it was an honour for him to inherit Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona, adding that it is a challenge for him because the iconic jersey comes with a lot of pressures. Barcelona handed Messi’s no 10 shirt to Fati after the Argentine captain left the LaLiga giants for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window. “It’s an honour for me. I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to wear it, along with the captains and also the fans,“ Fati told Barca TV+. “It is a challenge because of everything that the number 10 entails. Leo [Lionel Messi] had it, Ronaldinho and other great players had it. “For me, if you are at ...
Barcelona speak with Martinez about becoming new coach as they prepare to sack Koeman
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Barcelona speak with Martinez about becoming new coach as they prepare to sack Koeman

Official negotiations have not begun but first contact has been made, with the coach telling the Belgium FA that he could leave for Camp Nou Barcelona have spoken to Roberto Martinez about becoming their next manager, Goal can confirm. The Camp Nou club have already decided to dispense with the services of current coach Ronald Koeman after a disappointing start to the season, and are seeking various alternatives. Their favoured candidate is Belgium manager Martinez, who president Joan Laporta admires and had in mind for the top coaching job before he was appointed to the Barca board in March.
Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish
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Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish

The Manchester United and England midfielder would welcome the opportunity to turn out alongside Brazilian and Spanish legends Jesse Lingard has named Barcelona legends Ronaldinho and Andres Iniesta as his dream team-mates and selected current Manchester United colleague Cristiano Ronaldo as the man he would most like to trade lives with for a day. The England international has lined up alongside plenty of top talent for club and country down the years, while also taking on some of the finest footballers that the global game has to offer. He never got to face two players that he holds in the highest regard, though, with Brazilian and Spanish World Cup winners that boast strong ties to Camp Nou having moved on by the time Lingard lined up against the Blaugrana in 2019.  
Laporta warns under-fire Barcelona boss Koeman he won’t be afraid to ‘make decisions’
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Laporta warns under-fire Barcelona boss Koeman he won’t be afraid to ‘make decisions’

The Camp Nou chief says the Dutchman's future in the dugout will "depend a lot" on results but also insists "we are behind him now" Barcelona president Joan Laporta has warned under-fire head coach Ronald Koeman that he won't be afraid to "make decisions" if the team's fortunes do not improve soon. Pressure is building on Koeman after Barca's poor start to the 2021-22 campaign, with a 1-1 draw at home to Granada on Monday marking the latest setback for the Spanish giants. Barca slipped to eighth in the La Liga standings after that result, and it has been suggested that Koeman is now on borrowed time as he struggles to find a winning formula following a summer of wholesale changes at Camp Nou.  
Barcelona look for best moment to sack Koeman and make Martinez a priority to become coach
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Barcelona look for best moment to sack Koeman and make Martinez a priority to become coach

The Liga giants are ready to make another change, but they are expected to wait until the next international break before wielding the axe Barcelona are preparing to part with Ronald Koeman, with Goal learning that the Dutchman will be relieved of his duties at Camp Nou as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez becomes a top target to replace him. Speculation regarding the future of the former Blaugrana star has raged over several months, but a decision to head in a different direction has now been taken. The Liga giants are now waiting on the right moment to make a change, as they are in the middle of a hectic domestic and European schedule, but an axe is about to fall in Catalunya.
LaLiga: Koeman gives reasons why Barcelona drew 1-1 with Granada
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LaLiga: Koeman gives reasons why Barcelona drew 1-1 with Granada

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has accused Granada of time wasting following their 1-1 draw on Monday night. Koeman also admitted his players didn’t find space to play their style of football. Barca needed a late header from Ronald Araujo to salvage a draw at the Camp Nou, after the visitors took the lead in the second minute through Domingos Duarte. The hosts went on to dominate the game, but could not find any end product. With defeat looming for Koeman’s side, Gavi chipped the ball back in front of goal where Araujo rose and met it. “They [Granada] wasted time from as soon as they scored. “There wasn’t a lot of space to play short, delicate balls as they defended with every man back. “There was space on the wings to cross, and we had tall players ...
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again
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Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller’s deflected opener and Lewandowski’s double. When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year’s 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real. Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca’s fans expressed their anger, dismay and final...
Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona like that, says La Liga president Tebas
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Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona like that, says La Liga president Tebas

  The Argentine could not sign a new deal at Camp Nou and ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain, but the La Liga chief says he could have stayed Lionel Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona in the manner he did and his departure could have been avoided, insists La Liga president Javier Tebas. Barcelona tried to sign the Argentina star to a new contract after his previous one expired at the end of last season. But they were unable to come to an agreement despite both parties wanting to continue their partnership, with Barca citing La Liga's financial restrictions as the reason behind the collapse in talks.      
Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o
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Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o

The Dutch star joined the Camp Nou outfit on a free transfer in June and he has made a fine start in La Liga with two goals in his first three matches Samuel Eto’o said his former club Barcelona are lucky to have Memphis Depay after they lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-German in August. Depay joined Ronald Koeman’s side from Lyon on a two-year contract and he has instantly established himself as one of their key players. Following his impressive pre-season outing with the Blaugrana, Depay has contributed two goals and an assist in Barca's first three La Liga matches of the season.
Koeman: I should be in charge of who plays for Barcelona, not Laporta
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Koeman: I should be in charge of who plays for Barcelona, not Laporta

The 58-year-old insists the club's president should not be able to dictate who gets a place in the starting XI at Camp Nou Ronald Koeman has stressed that he must be the one who decides who gets a place in Barcelona's starting XI and not president Joan Laporta. Barcelona are prepared to offer the Dutch coach a new contract before his current one expires at the end of the season, but it has been reported the president wants guarantees that Riqui Puig will be given a role in the first team. Laporta clarified this week that Koeman has "all the power in sporting matters" and that he has the confidence and respect of the board, which the 58-year-old took as a good sign.
Aguero denies existence of Messi-related release clause at Barcelona
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Aguero denies existence of Messi-related release clause at Barcelona

  The Argentine has insisted that he remains fully committed to the project he signed up for at Camp Nou despite the departure of his compatriot Sergio Aguero has denied the existence of a Lionel Messi-related release clause in his contract at Barcelona. Aguero signed for Barca on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester City in June, committing to a two-year contract at Camp Nou. It was initially suggested that one of the main reasons the 33-year-old chose to join the Blaugrana was to link up with fellow Argentina international Messi, but he ended up having to bring his 21-year accusations to the club to an end due to their struggles to get below La Liga's salary cap.  
Barcelona boss Koeman responds to Pjanic claims, saying: We have players better than him
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Barcelona boss Koeman responds to Pjanic claims, saying: We have players better than him

  The Blaugrana have loaned out the midfielder on a season-long deal to Besiktas, and now his coach has explained why Ronald Koeman has hit back at Miralem Pjanic's claims that he disrespected the Bosnia & Herzegovina international at Barcelona, stating that the club had "other players better than him". The Blaugrana have loaned out the midfielder on a season-long deal to Besiktas, just one year after he made a major move to Camp Nou from Juventus. Pjanic hit out at his treatment by Koeman earlier this month, indicating that the Dutchman restricted his opportunities - and now the former Netherlands boss has responded in kind.      
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Pique’s relationship with Guardiola ‘changed’ after he dated Shakira & Mourinho rivalry ‘wore him out’

The Barcelona star, one of the few remaining players of the now-Manchester City boss' success-laden reign at Camp Nou, has reflected on their bond Gerard Pique has revealed his relationship with Pep Guardiola "suffered" during their final season together at Barcelona, amid the player's relationship with Shakira and his manager's rivalry with Jose Mourinho. The defender, one of the few players still with the club from the now-Manchester City manager's success-laden time at Camp Nou, says that he now enjoys a fruitful friendship with his old boss a decade on from their final season together. But reflecting on their time together, the veteran centre-back has admitted that he came close to quitting the Blaugrana across a 2011-12 campaign that saw their bond tested by his love life and...
Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta
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Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said Antoine Griezmann was not the player they needed. According to him, Griezmann did not fit into their system, which has led to Griezmann being sent back to Atletico Madrid on loan. The France forward arrived at the Camp Nou in 2019 for a fee around £108million. However, he failed to recapture his best form for Barca, although he managed 35 goals in 102 matches. This summer, the club became eager to cut his £300,000 a week salary off their wage bill and sent him back to his former club. Laporta told Onze: “We know what kind of player he was and is, he’s a great player. I think he didn’t fit in our system, but I think he showed a very good attitude. I sent him a message wishing him well, because he’s always had the correct attitude....
Pjanic accuses Barcelona boss Koeman of disrespecting him after departing club for Besiktas
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Pjanic accuses Barcelona boss Koeman of disrespecting him after departing club for Besiktas

  The 31-year-old said he lowered his salary to join Besiktas because he wants to play more than he did at Camp Nou Miralem Pjanic has accused Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman of disrespecting him after the midfielder left the Catalan club to join Besiktas on loan. Pjanic spent just one season at Barca after joining from Juventus, making just six domestic starts last year due to injuries and lack of form. Besiktas will pay a €2.7 million fee to secure the player on loan through the end of the 2021-22 season.      
Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal ‘hurt’ by Barcelona after being signed and sold in same window
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Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal ‘hurt’ by Barcelona after being signed and sold in same window

The Brazil international full-back saw a purchase option taken up at Camp Nou in June, only to then be offloaded to Spurs in August Tottenham new boy Emerson Royal has been quizzed on whether he feels "used" by Barcelona after being signed and sold by the Liga giants in the same transfer window. The Brazil international full-back saw a purchase option taken up at Camp Nou in June, with a €9 million (£8m/$11m) deal seeing him acquired by Catalan heavyweights on a permanent basis from Real Betis. At the end of August, and with financial difficulties at Barca making sales essential, another deal was done as Emerson found himself leaving Spain for England in an agreement worth up to £26m ($35m).        
Barcelona to hand Koeman new contract if he meets 2021-22 targets at Camp Nou
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Barcelona to hand Koeman new contract if he meets 2021-22 targets at Camp Nou

Joan Laporta has presented the Dutchman with a conditional proposal that could see him remain in the Blaugrana dugout beyond the end of the season Barcelona are ready to hand Ronald Koeman a new contract if he meets their 2021-22 targets, Goal can confirm. Koeman replaced Quique Setien in the Camp Nou hot seat following Barca's disastrous 2019-20 campaign, putting pen to paper on a two-year contract. The 58-year-old guided the Blaugrana to their 31st Copa del Rey triumph last term and they've made a steady start to the 2021-22 season despite wholesale changes to the squad over the summer, with Joan Laporta set to reward him with a new deal if he continues.
Things they have said have not been fair’ – Moriba claims Barcelona told lies in press prior to RB Leipzig transfer
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Things they have said have not been fair’ – Moriba claims Barcelona told lies in press prior to RB Leipzig transfer

The teenage midfielder turned down a contract extension at Camp Nou before sealing a deadline day switch to Germany Ilaix Moriba has slammed Barcelona, claiming they were telling lies in the press prior to his transfer to RB Leipzig. Moriba graduated to Barca's senior squad in January after 11 years in the club's academy ranks, but ultimately decided against extending his contract at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana chose to sell the 18-year-old on deadline day instead of letting him leave for nothing next year with Leipzig snapping him up for an initial €16 million (£13m/$19m) fee, and he is relieved to have moved on after being targeted with hateful messages from supporters.
Fati boost for Barcelona after nine-month injury nightmare as 18-year-old returns to training
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Fati boost for Barcelona after nine-month injury nightmare as 18-year-old returns to training

The talented teenager, who has suffered with serious knee problems, is edging his way back into contention at Camp Nou Barcelona have been handed a welcome boost by the sight of Ansu Fati returning to full training. The 18-year-old has endured a wretched run on the injury front of late, but a long road to recovery is finally coming to an end. Ronald Koeman is not in a position to welcome the highly-rated forward, who topped the 2021 Goal NXGN poll, back into his plans just yet, but an imminent return is on the cards.  
Barcelona less feared without Messi, admits Koeman after Athletic Club draw
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Barcelona less feared without Messi, admits Koeman after Athletic Club draw

The exit of the prolific forward after a glittering, near-two-decade career at Camp Nou, has left his old side without a crucial psychological edge Barcelona are less feared without Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman has admitted, with the Blaugrana manager stating that rivals were "more scared" when the Argentine was at the heart of their side. The exit of the prolific forward after a glittering, near-two-decade career at Camp Nou, has left a major void to fill for the Catalan club this term. An opening win in La Liga against Real Sociedad has since given way to a frustrating draw with Athletic Club - and speaking after his side were held to a stalemate, Koeman has acknowledged that without their former talisman, they have lost a major psychological edge.  
Messi poised for PSG debut against Reims, says hopeful Pochettino
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Messi poised for PSG debut against Reims, says hopeful Pochettino

The former Barcelona forward will be looking to pick up his first minutes for his new club ahead of a return to the international fold next month Lionel Messi could be in line for his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Reims in Ligue 1 next weekend, says Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine closes in on his first game for the club. The former Barcelona forward brought the curtain down on a glittering Camp Nou career in particularly wounded circumstances earlier this year following the club's inabiility to re-sign him. Now, the attacker, who has headlined an influx of major talents at Parc des Princes this summer, is fast approaching a maiden match in their colours, according to his manager.  
‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest
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‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest

The Netherlands international forward did not get to cross paths with the Camp Nou icon, but is feeling settled in new surroundings Memphis Depay "couldn't even say hello" to Lionel Messi following his arrival at Barcelona with the Argentine icon heading out of Camp Nou, but the Dutch forward is enjoying life alongside Gerard Pique and Sergino Dest. The Netherlands international completed a switch to Catalunya over the summer having reached the end of his contract at Lyon, but experienced a sliding doors moment with the Argentine icon that also found himself a free agent. With Depay on Euro 2020 duty and Messi away winning the Copa America, the pair never crossed paths before taking on new challenges with Barca and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Griezmann targets ‘100 more’ games with Barcelona as forward rejects transfer talk
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Griezmann targets ‘100 more’ games with Barcelona as forward rejects transfer talk

Though there was reported interest from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City this summer, the Frenchman is targeting a long-term stay at Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann has said he is aiming to play another 100 games for Barcelona after reaching an appearance milestone at the weekend. Griezmann started in Barca's season-opening win against Real Sociedad, reaching the century mark for the Blaugrana. Though he's been linked with an exit in recent months, the France star has indicated he is hoping to stay at Camp Nou for the long term.  
Kroos drops Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint & discusses Messi exit weakening Barcelona
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Kroos drops Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint & discusses Messi exit weakening Barcelona

The Germany midfielder believes Paris Saint-Germain's signing of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner could end up working in the Blancos' favour Toni Kroos has dropped a Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint while discussing Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit potentially weakening his club's main rivals. Messi's 21-year career at Camp Nou officially came to an end at the start of the month when Barca announced that they were unable to re-sign the 34-year-old due to their ongoing struggle to get below La Liga's current wage limit. PSG subsequently swooped in to sign Messi on a free transfer, but it has been suggested that they could lose another star name in the form of Mbappe, who has yet to reach an agreement with the club over a contract extension.
PSG: Jordi Alba Clears air on being Responsible for Messi’s exit from Barcelona
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PSG: Jordi Alba Clears air on being Responsible for Messi’s exit from Barcelona

Barcelona left-back, Jordi Alba, has debunked claims that he was responsible for Lionel Messi’s exit from Camp Nou as he refused to agree to a pay cut. With Barcelona in more than £1.1 billion debt, the Catalan club was unable to register a two-year contract that Messi agreed because it did not meet LaLiga’s financial regulations. Reports had emerged that Barcelona had asked some of its senior players for salary reductions so that they could keep the Argentine captain, and that Alba rejected the request. However, the Spain defender has now dismissed any talk of that being true, insisting that he feels he has been maligned by sections of the media and Messi, who eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain, understood him best. “Apart from being the best ever, Leo [Lion...
Van Gaal assistant admits to Iniesta doubts at Barcelona before being won over
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Van Gaal assistant admits to Iniesta doubts at Barcelona before being won over

Andries Jonker has revealed that the Dutch coaching team at Camp Nou initially questioned whether the classy midfielder was right for the club Andries Jonker, who worked as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has admitted that doubts were raised regarding Andres Iniesta's suitability to life as a senior star at Camp Nou. Back in 2002, a Dutch coaching team returned to Catalunya for a second spell in charge of La Liga giants. They inherited a squad that was starting to see promising La Masia academy graduates break through, with future World Cup winner Iniesta among those to step up into the first-team fold after showcasing undoubted potential.
An exercise in despair’ – Barcelona president Laporta slams predecessor Bartomeu over €1.35bn debt
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An exercise in despair’ – Barcelona president Laporta slams predecessor Bartomeu over €1.35bn debt

The Camp Nou chief has responded to a letter from the previous president accusing him of playing a key role in the club's current financial problems Barcelona president Joan Laporta has slammed his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu while revealing the club's staggering financial losses. Laporta was elected president at Camp Nou for a second term in March, replacing Bartomeu following his resignation at the end of the 2019-20 season. Bartomeu left Barca in financial disarray as they ended up posting record debts in excess of €1 billion (£849m/$1.18bn) at the start of the year, and Laporta has now revealed the full extent of the mess he has been trying to clean up.
Jordi Alba responds to Messi blame claims and accusations of snubbing Barcelona pay cut
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Jordi Alba responds to Messi blame claims and accusations of snubbing Barcelona pay cut

The long-serving full-back says he would have done anything to keep the Argentine icon at Camp Nou after seeing him depart as a free agent Jordi Alba has hit back at claims he was partly to blame for Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona this summer, with the long-serving full-back refuting accusations of snubbing a pay cut. Financial struggles at Camp Nou have dominated headlines over recent months, with debts preventing the Liga giants from doing business many expected to be completed. They were unable to get a new contract in place with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, leading to him joining Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent with cost-cutting exercises not coming quickly enough to allow salary cap demands to be met.
‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG
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‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG

The Argentina international who has played alongside two all-time greats is delighted to have his fellow countryman with him in France Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria claims "Cristiano Ronaldo would be dying to be here", with the Portuguese superstar among those watching from afar as the Ligue 1 giants pulled off the considerable coup of signing Lionel Messi. One all-time great has arrived in the French capital, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi committing to a two-year deal at Parc des Princes after seeing Barcelona fail to agree a new contract amid serious financial difficulties at Camp Nou. PSG had previously been linked with Ronaldo as he enters the final year of his terms at Juventus, but the iconic 36-year-old has, for now, missed out on the chance to join force...
Barcelona reject chance to re-sign midfielder
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Barcelona reject chance to re-sign midfielder

Barcelona have rejected the chance to re-sign Arthur Melo from Juventus, according to Sport. However, they are still in talks to send Miralem Pjanic back to the Serie A giants. Pjanic joined Barca as part of a swap deal that saw Arthur move to Juve. Both players are understood to be open to a move back to their former clubs but Juventus are believed to be much more open to the move than Barça. During negotiations with the Turin club, Arthur expressed his desire to re-join the club as part of the Pjanic deal. However, the club has outrightly rejected the proposal. Barcelona are not keen to bring back the Brazilian despite his willingness to accept a pay cut, because of his perceived lack of professionalism, poor injury record and lack of on-field impact dur...
Back together’ – Neymar welcomes Messi to PSG as former Barcelona superstar lands in Paris
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Back together’ – Neymar welcomes Messi to PSG as former Barcelona superstar lands in Paris

The Brazilian has taken to social media to express is excitement ahead of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's move to Parc des Princes Neymar has sent a welcome message to Lionel Messi after the former Barcelona superstar's arrival in Paris and completion of a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Messi has chosen to embark on the next stage of his career at Parc des Princes after 21 trophy-laden years at Camp Nou. The 34-year-old was unable to re-sign for Barca due to the club's current financial difficulties, and officially announced his departure on Sunday, with PSG subsequently swooping in to hand him a two-year deal with the option of an extra season.
Barcelona tear down Messi’s posters outside Camp Nou
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Barcelona tear down Messi’s posters outside Camp Nou

Barcelona pulled down Lionel Messi’s posters outside the Camp Nou on Tuesday, as the player closes in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. The LaLiga club only announced Messi will be leaving last Thursday. The 34-year-old then bid an emotional farewell in a press conference on Sunday. Barca have now begun their new era by removing pictures of their former captain from the club’s surroundings. Messi took centre stage in a large image of players including goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann, but construction workers took down the strips showing his face. The entire poster on the side of the 99,000-seater stadium was removed. Club officials were also seen taking down smaller, street-side posters with the Argentina skipper’s face on it. M...
Neymar Reacts as Messi arrives in France to sign for PSG
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Neymar Reacts as Messi arrives in France to sign for PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has welcomed Lionel Messi to the club. Messi flew into France on Tuesday afternoon to finalize his move to the Ligue 1 side. The 34-year-old was unable to re-sign for Barcelona due to their current financial difficulties and officially announced his departure on Sunday. PSG have moved quickly to snap up Messi on a two-year deal with the option of an extra season. Neymar has expressed his excitement by posting a montage of some of the best moments he enjoyed with Messi at Barca on Instagram. The Brazilian, who played alongside Messi at Camp Nou for four years before moving to Parc des Princes in 2017, included the caption: “back together”.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona betraying its own values – Ex-player, Crosas
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Lionel Messi: Barcelona betraying its own values – Ex-player, Crosas

Former Barcelona player, Marc Crosas, has insisted that the club has betrayed its values by letting Lionel Messi leave Camp Nou. Crosas, who graduated from La Masia, claimed that Barcelona is closer to Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, and a defunct universally rejected Super League project but farther away from Messi. DAILY POST reports that Messi paid his farewell tributes to Barcelona on Sunday. The Argentine international failed to renew his contract with Barcelona due to LaLiga regulation restrictions. The 34-year-old is now widely expected to join Paris Saint-Germain. Reacting to the development, Crosas wrote on Twitter, “A Barça closer to Florentino [Perez] and his Super League and further away from Messi, automatically becomes a Barça further a...
Dani Alves responds to Messi eyeing his trophy record as Barcelona legend targets more history
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Dani Alves responds to Messi eyeing his trophy record as Barcelona legend targets more history

An all-time great heading for the exits at Camp Nou has stated that he wants to better the medal haul of a decorated former team-mate Dani Alves has told Lionel Messi "you can surpass me whenever you want" after learning that his former Barcelona team-mate has his sights set on a record-setting trophy haul. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has bid an emotional farewell to Camp Nou after failing to see a new contract put in place, with the mercurial Argentine now expected to link up with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. Alves has taken a similar path in his remarkable career, with a stint at Juventus sandwiched between spells with Barca and PSG, and the iconic full-back is still going strong at 38 years of age.
Barcelona: Samuel Eto’o reacts as Messi breaks down in tears during farewell speech
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Barcelona: Samuel Eto’o reacts as Messi breaks down in tears during farewell speech

Former Barcelona striker, Samuel Eto’o, has urged Lionel Messi not to cry about his departure from Camp Nou after he “gave his all” for the Blaugrana. Eto’o played with Messi for five years at Barcelona before the Cameroon legend left the club for another challenge at Inter Milan in 2009. Messi’s contract at Barcelona expired at the end of June and Barca made efforts to renew his deal last week, but they were restricted by LaLiga’s financial regulations. Three days after Barcelona announced that Messi would not be returning to the Catalan club, a tearful Messi held a press conference on Sunday at the club premises as he confirmed his exit after 21 years in Catalonia. The Argentine captain tried and failed to prevent himself from crying before delivering his spee...
How I wanted to leave Barcelona – Messi
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How I wanted to leave Barcelona – Messi

Departing Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said that he wanted to leave the club in a different way, saying goodbye to players and fans inside the Camp Nou stadium. Messi said this during his farewell speech to Barcelona in a press conference on Sunday in Spain. Barcelona had announced on Thursday that Messi would leave the club on a free transfer this summer transfer window. The Blaugrana announced that the Argentine would not be signing a new contract due to LaLiga regulations. “I would love to be able to go in a different way. I never imagined it this way. I didn’t think I would have to say goodbye,” Messi said. “I imagined it with the team on the pitch, the last cheers. We have been playing without fans and it has been difficult not to hea...

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