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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.
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.  
French league hits out at ‘outrageous’ Tebas comments on Messi and PSG
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French league hits out at ‘outrageous’ Tebas comments on Messi and PSG

  The Liga boss suggested that Paris Saint-Germain's acquisition of the veteran meant Ligue 1 risked becoming a veterans' league The French Professional League (LFP) has slammed Javier Tebas' recent comments about the division, describing the La Liga chief's criticisms as "outrageous." Tebas spoke out after Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain on free transfers this summer. His suggestion that state-owned clubs like PSG were "as much enemies as the Super League" and that Ligue 1 was becoming a retirement home for veteran stars did not go down well with his counterparts in France.  
Carragher makes Salah contract prediction and hails Liverpool for keeping key men from Barcelona & Real Madrid
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Carragher makes Salah contract prediction and hails Liverpool for keeping key men from Barcelona & Real Madrid

The Reds legend is delighted to see proven performers commit to fresh terms at Anfield rather than go chasing a dream elsewhere Jamie Carragher expects Mohamed Salah to be "the next one to sign" a new contract at Liverpool, with the Reds saluted for bucking a trend that once saw star turns lured away from Anfield by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Few are looking for a way out at present, with a summer that delivered little transfer activity producing a flurry of fresh terms for key men. Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson have all committed to new deals, with the expectation being that Salah - who has been linked with La Liga giants in the past - will be the next to put pen to paper.
Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction
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Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction

Another iconic Argentine playmaker believes an illustrious fellow countryman could retrace steps to Camp Nou before hanging up his boots Lionel Messi is being backed to "win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona", with Juan Roman Riquelme suggesting that a fellow Argentine may not have ended his love affair with La Liga giants. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner severed career-long ties with Barca this summer after seeing financial difficulties at Camp Nou make it impossible for him to be tied to a new contract. An all-time great is now making a fresh start in France, as part of another star-studded squad, and Riquelme can see an illustrious countryman claiming more silverware at Parc des Princes before retracing his steps to Catalunya.       &n...
Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks
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Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks

The Blues have been trying to sign two players from La Liga but they've found the goal posts have been moved ahead of deadline day Chelsea have told a host of players, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, that they cannot seek loan moves after encountering issues negotiating for both Sevilla's Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez. In the case of Saul, the Blues are keen to do a deal if it can be done as a straight loan but the Spanish champions want a clause that makes it likely to become a permanent deal for £34 million ($47m). The 26-year-old is keen to move to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, for Kounde, Chelsea have found Sevilla have taken a non-negotiable stance and are requesting €65 million (£56m/$77m). The Blues have arguably weakened their negotiating position by selling K...
Odriozola set for Fiorentina loan as Real Madrid make space for Mbappe
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Odriozola set for Fiorentina loan as Real Madrid make space for Mbappe

The Spain international will head to Italy in search of more minutes and also to help pave the way for a superstar arrival Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola looks poised to make a loan move to Fiorentina as Los Blancos shuffle their squad in anticipation of Kylian Mbappe's arrival at Santiago Bernabeu. Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe looks set to swap Ligue 1 for La Liga, despite the Parc des Princes outfit knocking back an offer of €160 million (£137m/$188m) from their European rivals. Now, Madrid are moving to clear further space in their squad and in their purse for the France international, with Spain international Odriozola now in the frame to depart to help pave the way.
FIFA chief Infantino urges leagues to release internationals after Premier League and La Liga refusal
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FIFA chief Infantino urges leagues to release internationals after Premier League and La Liga refusal

The English and Spanish top flights are both reluctant to let footballers travel, with Italy's Serie A now sharing a similar stance FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged the organisers of the Premier League and La Liga to reverse their decision to ban players from travelling to World Cup qualifiers this September. The two leagues have confirmed that they will not let internationals travel to countries in which mandatory quarantine periods would be necessary upon their return. This could cause serious issues with the coming international window, with Argentina and Brazil among the nations set to take a hit due to the rules.
Valverde signs contract extension at Real Madrid that includes €1 billion release clause
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Valverde signs contract extension at Real Madrid that includes €1 billion release clause

The Uruguayan midfielder has committed his future to the La Liga giants through to 2027 Federico Valverde has signed a contract extension at Real Madrid that includes a €1 billion (£856m/$1.2bn) release clause. Valverde has spent the last six years of his career on Real's books, having initially been snapped up from Uruguayan outfit Penarol as a teenager in 2016. The 23-year-old has established himself as a key member of the Blancos' squad during that period, and he has now been handed a bumper new deal that will see him remain at Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future.  
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.  
Pique goes off injured in Barcelona clash with Athletic Club
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Pique goes off injured in Barcelona clash with Athletic Club

The defender lasted just 30 minutes before he had to be replaced by Ronald Araujo after hurting his calf Gerard Pique went off injured in the first half of Barcelona's La Liga match against Athletic Club. The centre-back went down after an aerial duel with Alex Berenguer at the half-hour mark of the clash in Bilbao. He was taken off shortly afterwards and replaced by 22-year-old Ronald Araujo.
Barcelona wonderkid Yusuf Demir becomes youngest foreign debutant since Messi
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Barcelona wonderkid Yusuf Demir becomes youngest foreign debutant since Messi

The 18-year-old came off the bench in the second half of the Blaugrana's La Liga match against Athletic Club Yusuf Demir became the youngest foreign player to feature for Barcelona in La Liga since Lionel Messi on Saturday. The Austria international replaced Martin Braithwaite shortly after the hour mark of the Blaugrana's 1-1 draw with Athletic Club. It is the first time the winger has featured for the Catalan side since joining this summer.
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.
Flamengo make final €10m loan push for Chelsea outcast Kenedy as Miazga close to Alaves move
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Flamengo make final €10m loan push for Chelsea outcast Kenedy as Miazga close to Alaves move

The Blues are motoring ahead in their efforts to reduce their squad size that had stood at 42 players Chelsea are preparing to send two more players out on loan as Flamengo make their final push to sign Kenedy, while Matt Miazga is in advanced talks with La Liga side Alaves. Kenedy has been in talks with the Brazilian side all summer and they are growing confident the Blues will accept their loan offer that includes an option to buy at €10 million. Miazga, meanwhile, seems set to join Alaves but the structure of the deal is still being discussed. With just one year left on his Blues contract, Chelsea will likely ask to extend that deal by one year before allowing him to leave on loan.
Barcelona to replace Messi with Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Barcelona to replace Messi with Lacazette, Aubameyang

Barcelona are considering moves for Arsenal strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, according to Sport. However, the LaLiga club will only pursue the transfer, if they are able to offload Martin Braithwaite for a significant fee. Barca manager, Ronald Koeman, had already admitted that he would like to bring in a new striker. Due to their financial problems, the Catalans will not be able to afford a fee for either Aubameyang or Lacazette, so any deal would have to involve a player exchange. Following Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona are determined to bolster their attacking options. They can already call upon Antoine Griezmann, while wingers Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are also capable of making a major impact. ...
Sevilla haven’t yet received any official bids for Chelsea-linked Kounde, insists Monchi
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Sevilla haven’t yet received any official bids for Chelsea-linked Kounde, insists Monchi

The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium chief says that although "many clubs have asked" about the defender, no formal offers have been submitted Sevilla sporting director Monchi has insisted that the club has not yet received any official bids for Chelsea-linked centre-back Jules Kounde. Goal reported at the end of July that Chelsea had opened talks with Sevilla over a potential deal for Kounde, who has established himself among the top defenders in La Liga since moving to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium from Bordeaux in 2019. Real Madrid have also been strongly linked with the 22-year-old, but his current employers are holding out for an €80 million (£68m/$94m) fee, and Monchi claims that no formal offers have been submitted.
Messi will guarantee PSG the Champions League title – Haibeh
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Messi will guarantee PSG the Champions League title – Haibeh

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been tipped to win the European diadem following the arrival of the Argentine star at Parc des Princes Lionel Messi’s arrival at Paris Saint-Germain will guarantee the Ligue 1 side a Champions League triumph, according to Somalia national team manager Said Abdi Haibeh. After leaving La Liga side Barcelona after 21 years, the 34-year-old joined the Parisians on a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months having agreed to a €35m-per-year contract. His move to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will also see him reunite with compatriots Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria as well as his Brazilian, former Barcelona teammate Neymar.
Real Madrid start legal fight against Tebas and La Liga’s €2.7bn investment deal
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Real Madrid start legal fight against Tebas and La Liga’s €2.7bn investment deal

The Blancos have opposed the CVC proposal since it was announced in early August and are now stepping up efforts to get it torn up Real Madrid have opened legal proceedings against La Liga president Javier Tebas and CVC's €2.7 billion (£2.3bn/$3.2bn) investment deal in the Spanish top flight. It was announced on August 4 that a private equity firm had acquired a 10 per cent stake in one of world football's biggest brands. Opposition to that agreement came from the very top, as Real and Clasico rivals Barcelona questioned the legality of it, and the Blancos have now taken matters a step further.  
Messi to sign new Barcelona contract after La Liga receives €2.7bn loan injection
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Messi to sign new Barcelona contract after La Liga receives €2.7bn loan injection

The league has seen a massive injection of funds that will help clubs recover from the economic issues caused by the coronavirus Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona on August 5, Goal can confirm, after the Spanish club received a significant loan payment from La Liga. After battling economic problems due to the coronavirus, Spain's top-flight league has secured an incredible €2.7 billion (£2.3bn/$3.2bn) loan from CVC Capital Partners, with a majority percentage to be distributed to each club. Barcelona will receive €280m (£238m/$331m) from La Liga, with €42m (£36m/$50m) of that figure being allocated to transfers and wages, meaning that the Messi renewal is able to be completed.
Sadiq at the double as Almeria beat Real Betis in pre-season friendly
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Sadiq at the double as Almeria beat Real Betis in pre-season friendly

The Nigerian forward is building his goalscoring form ahead of the Rojiblancos league opener on August 16 Umar Sadiq scored a brace as Almeria defeated La Liga club Real Betis 2-1 in a pre-season friendly match on Wednesday. The encounter took place at the Nuevo Mirador Stadium and it was Almeria’s sixth pre-season friendly as they get ready to begin the new Segunda Division campaign. Sadiq fired the Rojiblancos ahead in the 10th minute but the lead was short-lived as Robert Gonzalez grabbed Real Betis’ equaliser, seven minutes later.
Messi to sign new Barcelona contract after La Liga receives €2.7bn loan injection
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Messi to sign new Barcelona contract after La Liga receives €2.7bn loan injection

The league has seen a massive injection of funds that will help clubs recover from the economic issues caused by the coronavirus Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona on August 5, Goal can confirm, after the Spanish club received a significant loan payment from La Liga. After battling economic problems due to the coronavirus, Spain's top-flight league has secured an incredible €2.7 billion (£2.3bn/$3.2bn) loan from CVC Capital Partners, with a majority percentage to be distributed to each club. Barcelona will receive €280m (£238m/$331m) from La Liga, with €42m (£36m/$50m) of that figure being allocated to transfers and wages, meaning that the Messi renewal is able to be completed.
Depay takes 30 per cent pay cut at Barcelona as La Liga giants struggle with salary cap
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Depay takes 30 per cent pay cut at Barcelona as La Liga giants struggle with salary cap

The Dutch forward is having to accept reduced terms at Camp Nou as the Blaugrana seek to balance their books Memphis Depay is set to earn 30 per cent less at Barcelona than was initially agreed, Goal has learned, with the Liga giants needing to cut costs in order to operate under a salary cap. The Netherlands international forward is among those to have made a move to Camp Nou this summer, along with Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. Deals are, however, yet to be officially completed as the Blaugrana need to free up funds in order to get fresh faces on board and keep their books balanced.
No Barcelona leeway over Messi wages
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No Barcelona leeway over Messi wages

Barca will not be allowed to bend the rules to keep star Barcelona will not be granted an increased salary cap by La Liga to allow them to keep Lionel Messi, according to Sport. Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, rejected a request from the Catalan to be given some wiggle room. Should Messi sign a new contract, Barca must reduce their wages to fit their star's deal under the league's salary rules.
Barcelona offer to release Pjanic and Umtiti as they attempt to slash wage bill
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Barcelona offer to release Pjanic and Umtiti as they attempt to slash wage bill

The midfielder and defender each made just 13 appearances in La Liga last season and will not play a big role next season either Barcelona have offered to release Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti from their contracts, Goal understands, as the midfielder and defender do not fit into Ronald Koeman's plans for the future. Pjanic, 31, joined from Juventus last summer in a deal worth €60 million (£55m/$67m) but started only six of the 13 Liga games in which he featured last season. Umtiti meanwhile has not been able to hold on to a place in the starting XI since arriving from Lyon five years ago and was also limited to just 13 league matches in 2020-21.
Man Utd star Pogba quizzed on Real Madrid rumours & Mbappe ‘blame’ for France’s Euro 2020 failure
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Man Utd star Pogba quizzed on Real Madrid rumours & Mbappe ‘blame’ for France’s Euro 2020 failure

The Red Devils midfielder will not be drawn into a debate on his future and will continue to back an unfortunate international team-mate Paul Pogba has refused to be drawn on renewed talk of Real Madrid forming part of his future plans, with the Manchester United midfielder steering around any transfer questions in the summer window. A switch to Spain for the World Cup-winning midfielder has been mooted for some time, with the 28-year-old making no secret of the fact that representing the Blancos would be a "dream". Speculation has resurfaced of late, with Pogba entering the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford, but he is reluctant to enter into a discussion regarding links to La Liga heavyweights.
LaLiga announces unique partnership with African giants Al Ahly
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LaLiga announces unique partnership with African giants Al Ahly

In a bid to support the future of the beautiful game through education, the Spanish top-flight body has signed a pact with the Red Devils Through its educational department, LaLiga Business School, LaLiga will be collaborating with one of the biggest football clubs in Africa, Al Ahly SC, to launch a course within its MBA program. The course is set to launch in Madrid, starting November 2021. LaLiga’s “The MBA of LaLiga”, is focused on preparing people who want to lead change in the sports and entertainment industry and features the participation of top professionals in the sports industry. Also, it will draw from case studies from across LaLiga and its 42 clubs, as well as from other sports, entertainment stakeholders and technological and digital environments, employing first-hand ...
‘La Liga made my market value drop’ – Harambee Stars’ Olunga
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‘La Liga made my market value drop’ – Harambee Stars’ Olunga

The Kenya international said his lack of playtime affected the rate of his subsequent transfer moves Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga has claimed his value dropped while he was playing for Girona in the Spanish top-flight, La Liga. The Al-Duhail SC striker joined Girona in 2017 on loan from Chinese Guizhou Zhicheng and has explained how a lack of regular minutes on the pitch saw his market value and demand decline. "My value dropped in La Liga because I was not playing. Remember, I left China because I wasn't playing, and in La Liga, I only played 14 games - three of which I started - out of a possible 38. When one is not playing, his value goes down because no one will scout you," Olunga told Jalang'o TV.
‘Anything can happen’ – Man Utd and Liverpool-linked Llorente refuses to rule out Atletico Madrid departure
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‘Anything can happen’ – Man Utd and Liverpool-linked Llorente refuses to rule out Atletico Madrid departure

The 26-year-old has three years left on his contract and remains a crucial player for the Spanish champions Marcos Llorente says he intends to stay at Atletico Madrid but has not ruled out making a move this summer. The 26-year-old was one of the star figures of Atletico's La Liga winning campaign, scoring 12 and assisting 11 goals in 37 appearances. Only star forward Luis Suarez was directly involved in more goals for the Rojiblancos. Llorente has three years left on his deal in the Spanish capital and he says he discussed the possibility of an extension with the club, but that nothing came of it.
Fans to be allowed back into stadiums for start of 2021-22 La Liga season
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Fans to be allowed back into stadiums for start of 2021-22 La Liga season

Supporters have been cleared to return to venues in Spain to watch their teams after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions Fans will be allowed to return to stadiums for the start of the 2021-22 La Liga season, Spanish health minister Carolina Darias has confirmed. Supporters were unable to attend La Liga matches for the majority of last season due to social distancing restrictions designed to contain the spread of coronavirus. However, stadium doors were opened to 5,000 people for the final two rounds of matches, and it has now been revealed that higher capacity crowds will return for the upcoming campaign.
Barcelona agree transfer deal for Konrad
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Barcelona agree transfer deal for Konrad

Barcelona and Marseille have reached an agreement over the transfer of winger, Konrad de la Fuente, Mundo Deportivo reports. The LaLiga giants and the French Ligue 1 side had been negotiating for several days over the transfer of the 19-year-old. However, there is now a preliminary agreement in place which will be finalised over the coming days. Marseille will pay around 5 million euros for the youngster, but the distribution of money made from any future sale of the player is yet to be agreed. Both clubs would split any future profits 50:50 between themselves, which would mean Barcelona would make a tidy profit if Konrad were to leave Marseille in the future. Konrad made his debut with Barcelona during the 2020/21 season. But the American is not in Barcelona boss Ronald ...
Sadiq: UD Almeria set price for Sevilla-linked Nigeria international
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Sadiq: UD Almeria set price for Sevilla-linked Nigeria international

The attacker scored 22 goals for the Segunda Division side to attract the attention of some top-flight teams Spanish side UD Almeria have refused to accept the €16 million offer from La Liga side Getafe for the services of Nigeria international forward Umar Sadiq Mesbah, according to a report in the Spanish media. The 24-year-old attacker was at his best for the Rojiblancos in the just-concluded season in the Segunda Division, where he managed to score a total of 22 goals for his team in both the second division and Copa del Rey. Getafe believe the West African has what it takes to improve them, especially on the attacking front. Last season, they scored just 28 goals in 38 league matches, conceding 43 in the process and went on to finish the campaign in the 15th position.
What Real Madrid must look for in Ramos replacement – Yobo
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What Real Madrid must look for in Ramos replacement – Yobo

The former Everton star has advised the La Liga giants on what they should watch out for while thinking of replacing the Los Blancos legend Nigerian football great Joseph Yobo has advised Real Madrid to target a centre-back with a ‘strong character’ and ‘strong personality’ as a replacement for Sergio Ramos. Ramos joined Los Blancos from Sevilla in 2005 and went ahead to play over 670 games for the Santiago Bernabeu giants. As the 2021-22 season draws closer, the 34-time La Liga kings are expected to bolster their backline with another world-class centre-back.  
Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links
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Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links

The Netherlands international says Mauricio Pochettino played a key role in convincing him to move to Parc des Princes Georginio Wijnaldum has explained his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain following months of strong links with La Liga giants Barcelona. PSG officially announced the signing of Wijnaldum on Thursday, with the midfielder's move to Parc des Princes set to be finalised when his contract at Liverpool expires at the end of the month. Barcelona were originally touted as the favourites to land Wijnaldum on a free transfer, but he has ultimately decided to embark on the next stage of his career in Ligue 1, citing Mauricio Pochettino as a major influence.
‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico
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‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico

The Spanish full-back thinks his employers were wrong to sell the prolific striker to a direct rival last summer Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez completed a €6 million move to Atletico from Barca last summer, bringing to an end his trophy-laden six-year career at Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya due to his age, but the 34-year-old proved he is still sharp as a tack in front of goal by firing the Los Rojoblancos to their first La Liga title in seven years last term.  
‘They’re top leagues’ – Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho open to future Premier League move
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‘They’re top leagues’ – Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho open to future Premier League move

The Brazilian has spoken about his hopes for the future, including featuring at the 2022 World Cup and possibly playing in the English top flight Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho is open to a move to either the Premier League or La Liga in future. The Brazilian, 20, arrived in European football in 2018 with a big reputation having signed from Vasco da Gama for £16 million, however, a serious knee injury caused him to miss almost all of the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign. Paulinho is now back to full fitness, playing 66 minutes of Leverkusen's final league game of the season, and has outlined his hopes for the future of his career.
Arsenal Announce departure of four players
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Arsenal Announce departure of four players

  Arsenal have announced the departure of four first-team players. They are: Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan. The four players will leave the club this month, after their contracts expire on June 30. Ceballos, Odegaard and Ryan had all been on loan with the Gunners, while Luiz ends his two-year stay at the Emirates, having signed from Chelsea in 2019. Odegaard could yet be re-signed by the Gunners, while Ceballos is expected to return to La Liga. Brighton goalkeeper Ryan’s future is uncertain. “Our thanks and best wishes go to the following players across our teams whose contracts officially end with us on June 30, 2021,” a statement on the club’s website read.
Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off
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Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off

The Spain international full-back has seen a move away from Camp Nou mooted, but he has no intention of pushing for an exit Jordi Alba is among those to have sparked exit talk at Camp Nou, but the long-serving left-back says he wants to "stay at Barcelona for life". Change is being mooted in Catalunya as La Liga giants, who struggled for consistency in 2020-21, seek to return themselves to the loftiest of domestic and European perches. There have been suggestions that Alba could be among those offloaded as Barca look to lower the average age of their squad, but the 32-year-old has no intention of heading through the exits.
Barcelona gives Koeman ‘non-negotiable’ conditions to continue as manager
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Barcelona gives Koeman ‘non-negotiable’ conditions to continue as manager

Ronald Koeman will continue as Barcelona manager in the 2021/2022 season, but he will have to play a 4-3-3 formation, according to SER Catalunya. The Dutchman’s position has remained in doubt, following a miserable end to the season. Barca finished seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid in LaLiga and was dumped out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by PSG. However, Koeman will continue until his contract runs out in June 2022, after the Spanish giants failed to find a replacement.
Yeremy Pino: Villarreal wonderkid who rejected Barcelona
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Yeremy Pino: Villarreal wonderkid who rejected Barcelona

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakout campaign at El Madrigal and could become the youngest winner of the Europa League on Wednesday Regardless of the result on Wednesday, this promises to be a momentous week in the history of Villarreal. Their Europa League showdown with Manchester United marks the club's first ever European final, less than 20 years after they first played in continental competition. Much of their success since the turn of the century has been built around their academy, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Bruno Soriano and current Spain No.9 Gerard Moreno having flourished both in La Liga and further afield.
Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon
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Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon

A man who guided the Blaugrana to two La Liga titles still looks back fondly on his time working with an all-time great Ernesto Valverde admits his grandchildren will not believe his tales of how he once worked with a player who was "was capable of dribbling past seven rivals and scoring", with the former Barcelona boss still in awe of Lionel Messi's remarkable talents. A man who landed two La Liga titles during his time in charge at Camp Nou has remained out of management since being relieved of his duties in Catalunya back in January 2020. Despite being unceremoniously dumped by a side that has struggled for a spark since he departed, Valverde still looks back fondly on his time in Catalunya and the opportunity to work with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Man Utd make Pellistri call after impressive Alaves progess
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Man Utd make Pellistri call after impressive Alaves progess

Manchester United are ready to extend Facundo Pellistri's loan with Alaves into next season. Though Alaves have been battling relegation, Pellistri has made 10 appearances in La Liga, mainly being selected on the right wing. With the loan having been a successful one, it now appears that Alaves will be rewarded by being given Pellistri for a full season. That is according to Calciomercato, who claim that the 19-year-old is expected to return to the Mendizorrotza Stadium for the whole of next season. They report that the two clubs “have almost defined the agreement" to extend Pellistiri's stay in the Basque region until the end of next term
Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal
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Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Association, has informed the Bianconeri that their participation in the 2021-22 campaign is at risk Juventus have been warned that failure to withdraw from the much-maligned Super League proposal will see them barred from competing in Serie A next season. A divisive project that had been speculated on for some time proved to be a disastrous failure when plans for its implementation were announced, with 12 European superpowers having to backtrack frantically. Six heavyweight Premier League sides led the turnaround, which occurred inside 48 hours, but Juve - along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - are yet to officially stand down.
Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou
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Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has expressed optimism that the duo of Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente would give Barcelona a tough nightmare ahead of today’s La Liga clash at Camp Nou. With just two points separating both teams, Atletico, who are currently top of the league will be hoping to cause an upset against Barcelona. Interestingly, a win for Barcelona could also push them to the top of La Liga table as they currently sit third on the log. Speaking ahead of the game, Simeone in a press conference, stated that he’s banking on Suarez and Llorente to wreck Barcelona’s title dream. “Their season speaks for itself. They have been having a fantastic season, two extraordinary players, one with a lot of history, like Luis, claiming what was not expected of him, and Llor...
Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit
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Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit

The youngster reflects on taking to the pitch against Barcelona in La Liga last month Ghanaian and Getafe midfielder Abdulai Sabit reveals playing on the same pitch with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was nothing but surreal. On his second-ever appearance in La Liga, Sabit was a 46th-minute substitute as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against the Blaugrana last month. "Before the Barcelona match, I had the feeling that I was going to get maybe five to 10 minutes playing time but when the coach made the selection, he kept one or two best midfielders on the bench," Sabit told BBC Sport Africa.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl highlights Salisu’s strength ahead of Liverpool trip
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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl highlights Salisu’s strength ahead of Liverpool trip

  The 22-year-old is gradually finding his feet in the English top-flight after his initial struggles with injuries Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said Mohammed Salisu’s strength is without the ball and he has the potential to be a big player for the club. The Ghana defender has played in eight Premier League matches so far since his permanent signing from La Liga club Real Valladolid last August. Ahead of their league trip to Liverpool on Saturday, Hasenhuttl disclosed the area that Salisu needs to improve on after overcoming his injury challenges.
LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race
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LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race

Lionel Messi netted twice for Barcelona as they beat Valencia 2-1 in LaLiga on Sunday. The win kept the title hopes alive for Ronald Koeman’s team. Valencia took the lead through Gabriel in the 50th minute. But Messi’s brace either side of an Antoine Griezmann goal earned Barca all three points. Carlos Soler scored a brilliant goal for Valencia from outside the area as full-time approached, but Barcelona were able to see out the victory. The result took the Catalans up to 74 points, good enough for second place in La Liga ahead of Real on goal difference and two behind first-placed Atleti. Barcelona play Atleti in a potential title-decider on May 8.
Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month
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Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month

The Nigeria international has been shortlisted for the Spanish top-flight’s monthly prize alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid stars. Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for the La Liga Player of the Month award for April. The Nigeria international will compete with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa for the individual accolade. Chukwueze was in terrific form for the Yellow Submarine during the month in question, scoring three goals in five Spanish elite division matches, while the 33-year-old Argentine superstar found the net on four occasions from the same number of outings.
Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win
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Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win

The 21-year-old returned to the scoresheet in style as Unai Emery's side bounced back to winning ways in the Spanish top-flight Samuel Chukwueze has ended his 17-game goal drought in La Liga with a brace in Villarreal's 5-1 hammering of Levante on Sunday. It was the first time the Nigeria international scored a goal since December 3, when he found the back of the net against Sivasspor in the Uefa Europa League and against Real Valladolid in a league match on November 2. Chukwueze stretched the visitors' lead at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in the 63rd minute to make it 3-1 after Gerard Moreno's first-half strike and Postigo's own goal in the ninth minute. Nine minutes after his first goal of the night, Levante conceded another own goal through Ruben Vezo and Chukwueze w...
‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane
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‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane defended himself on Saturday against accusations he is a lucky coach but again refused to commit to staying at Real Madrid next season. An impressive week has put Madrid in sight of winning both La Liga and the Champions League after they beat Barcelona in the Clasico last weekend before knocking out Liverpool on Wednesday. Despite sitting one point behind Atletico Madrid, Zidane’s team are now favorites to defend the title they claimed the last term in the Frenchman’s first full season back in charge. It would add to the 11 major trophies Zidane has already won across his two spells as Real Madrid coach, which includes two league titles and three consecutive successes in the Champions League. Asked if it annoys him when he is called lucky, Zidane said: “I a...

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