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Barcelona Angry with Neymar after he Signs new Five-year PSG deal
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Barcelona Angry with Neymar after he Signs new Five-year PSG deal

  Barcelona feels used by Neymar after the forward renewed his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until the summer of 2025. This is according to Mundo Deportivo. Neymar left the Nou Camp in 2017 but was rumoured to be keen on a return to Spain. However, the 29-year-old has ultimately decided to stay with the Ligue 1 side. Barca feels Neymar used them as a bargaining chip to get the deal he desired from PSG. The Catalans believed they could strike a deal for the Brazil international and an emissary was even dispatched to Paris one month ago to speak with Neymar about his future. Neymar reportedly expressed his desire to return to Barcelona, because he did not feel there was a winning project in place at the Parc des Princes. He spent four seasons with Barca a...
LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves
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LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves

  Barcelona great, Andres Iniesta, has said “Barca without Leo is no longer Barca”, as he expressed his eagerness for Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Messi is out of contract at the Nou Camp in June and his future remains in doubt. However, there is cause for optimism, as the 33-year-old has a good relationship with new president Joan Laporta. Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Vissel Kobe, has admitted he wants to see Messi stay. He said, “My desire and I believe that of all Barca fans is that Leo can stay at Barcelona until he retires. “Barça without Leo is no longer Barça.”
Liverpool to Replace Mane with Ousmane Dembele
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Liverpool to Replace Mane with Ousmane Dembele

  Liverpool is prepared to spend big to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele” to replace Sadio Mane, Fichajes.net reports. Mane has not enjoyed his best season so far, scoring only 12 times in all competitions. The Senegal forward has netted just five times in 2021, as the Reds exited all competitions. Liverpool are now considering cashing in on 29-year-old Mane in the summer, despite his contract still having two years to run. And Dembele is the man being lined up to replace him. The France winger, 23, has just one year left on his Barcelona contract, but recently admitted that talks over a new deal at the Nou Camp still haven’t begun. Dembele has scored 10 goals this season for Barca, but has failed to impress since he joined from Borussia Dortmund.
‘They Called me Crazy’ – Dani Alves Opens up on Why he Left Barcelona
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‘They Called me Crazy’ – Dani Alves Opens up on Why he Left Barcelona

Barcelona hero, Dani Alves, has opened up on why he left the club in 2016 to join Juventus. Alves said he left Barcelona because he had a lack of faith in the club’s hierarchy, adding that ‘they called him crazy’. The 37-year-old, who currently plays for Sao Paulo, said soon after joining Juventus in 2016 that he felt Barcelona’s chiefs had not been open about the fact they wanted to sell him after spending eight years at Nou Camp. The Brazilian right-back won six LaLiga titles and three Champions League in almost 400 appearances during his time at Barcelona. In a Question and Answer with his 31.7million followers on Instagram, Alves explained the reason for his departure, with his comments reported by Marca. “I did not believe in the leaders who were in charge in that m...
Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona
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Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that it breaks his hearts to see his ‘son’, Eric Garcia leaving the Premier League leaders to join Laliga giants Barcelona next season. The 20-year-old Garcia began his career with Barca and is a product of the Catalans’ youth system before joining City in 2017. Garcia played for City’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides and made his first-team debut in December 2018. However, the Barcelona-born defender rejected the offer of a new contract at City last August and will be a free agent this summer. A number of clubs were keen on the talented stopper. Arsenal were heavily linked during the January transfer window. It was always thought that he would return to the Nou Camp but the Gunners seemed another option. However, Gu...
Manchester City Denies Interest In Messi
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Manchester City Denies Interest In Messi

The likelihood of another early Champions League exit for Barcelona has fuelled speculation he is could quit the Nou Camp. Uncertainty remains due to the ongoing presidential elections at Barca, with all candidates saying they are determined to keep the 33-year-old. Messi has won six Ballon D’Or trophies in a stellar career that has seen him generally accepted as one of the finest players ever. City have long been touted as an alternative, partly due to the link with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, although Paris St-Germain are also thought to be interested. It has been reported City have tabled a revised offer for Messi but BBC Sport has been told by a club source this is not true – and that no offers have been made, either in the summer, or since and there are curren...
Xavi Opens up on Replacing Koeman after PSG Crush Barcelona 4-1
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Xavi Opens up on Replacing Koeman after PSG Crush Barcelona 4-1

  Al Sadd manager, Xavi Hernandez, has admitted that, “everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach” and admits that returning to the Nou Camp remains part of his long-term plan. There are speculations surrounding Ronald Koeman’s future with the Catalan club. They further intensified this week, after they were thrashed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16. Koeman is seeing questions being asked of his future, especially with presidential elections also about to be held, and Xavi remains one of the strongest contenders for his job. However, Xavi, who spent 17 years in Barcelona’s first team in his playing days, has said on FIFA’s official website: “Right now, I’m at Al Sadd and I’m doing well here. I’m at a big club in Asia, in Qatar. It’s the best tea...
Neymar Wants To Go Back To Barcelona, Send Message To PSG
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Neymar Wants To Go Back To Barcelona, Send Message To PSG

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has all but confirmed that he does not want to stay at PSG and wants to return to Barcelona, calling the Nou Camp his 'house'. Neymar has been heavily linked with a move back to the Catalan side recently, as times continue to be tough for him at the French capital. Today's Mundo Deportivo carries a direct message from the Brazilian- a message in which he talks about where his home lies and the fact that he should have never it in the first place. He says: "I don't want to play at PSG anymore. I want to go back to my house, which I should never have left in the first place." Sport also confirm these rumors, saying that many crucial figures at Barcelona want Neymar back at the club- that includes Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique. Luis Suarez has already c...
Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches
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Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches

Messi is able to talk with other clubs from January with City plotting to make their move, but Barcelona are not prepared to give their captain up without a fight. Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a job for life to stop him signing for Manchester City . Presidential candidate Victor Font has revealed he has a plan to keep the Argentine legend at the Nou Camp by giving him a “winning project” and a role “beyond the days he is on the pitch.” Messi is wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola next summer, and his future is a battleground in club elections deciding who takes charge. Messi has won ten La Liga titles and four Champions' Leagues in his 16 years at Barca and scored 640 goals, but is unsettled, and wanted to leave last summer. City could also offer him a long term role in t...
Barcelona To Sue Neymar For £9m
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Barcelona To Sue Neymar For £9m

La Liga giants Barcelona are suing former star Neymar a total of £9million after overpaying the Brazilian during his first two years at the Nou Camp due to a tax miscalculation. Neymar, who is now at PSG following his £198m transfer in 2017, has been engulfed in legal battles with Barca in the past, claiming previously that the club owed him a total of £38m (€43m) in unpaid bonuses. The 28-year-old was forced to pay the club £5.9m (€6.7m) after losing the case and now Barca are making another attempt to reclaim some money, with the Spanish giants seeking to address the tax error, as detailed in El Mundo. The report states that after concluding the tax inspection covering the 2015 financial year, Barcelona have discovered that they paid Neymar excessively and are now looking to cla...
Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning
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Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning

Josep Maria Bartomeu makes Lionel Messi confession after resigning. The distress at Barcelona took a new turn when president Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered recently. Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has asserted he remained on after their mortifying 8-2 annihilation to Bayern Munich since it was the best way to keep Lionel Messi. In a dazzling new development on Tuesday night, Bartomeu reported he and the directorate had all ventured down. Bartomeu was set to leave his part in March 2021 however a demonstration of general disapproval had quickened the cycle and he has picked to leave early. The emergency at the Nou Camp comes as they keep on managing the aftermath from August’s thrashing to Bayern. Club chief Lionel Messi delivered an exchange demand i...
Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach
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Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach

Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola to return as head coach in Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Textual style accepts the most ideal approach to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure previous manager Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered his administration not long ago, following quite a while of analysis on Barcelona’s debilitated funds and battles on the pitch. Bartomeu never recouped from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-last lowering because of possible competition victors Bayern Munich. Yet, presently Font has asserted he realizes how to reestablish the magnificence days at the Catalan goliaths – beginning with a transition to bait old supervisor Guardiol...
Suarez Arrives Perugia To Take Italian Exam As He Pushes For Juventus Move
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Suarez Arrives Perugia To Take Italian Exam As He Pushes For Juventus Move

Luis Suarez was greeted by photographers, journalists and Juventus fans as the Barcelona striker arrived in Perugia to take an Italian exam. Suarez has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp by new boss Ronald Koeman and that has accelerated interest in him from Italian champions Juventus. But with Andrea Pirlo limited as to the number of non-EU (European Union) players he can acquire in one window, the club need Suarez to pass his exam in Perugia and acquire dual nationality to make a transfer possible this month. Suarez took part in training with his Barcelona team-mates earlier on Thursday before flying to Perugia for the university exam. Juventus have already brought in Brazilian international Arthur Melo and Unites States midfielder Weston McKennie this su...
Messi Has Informed Barcelona That He Wants To Leave
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Messi Has Informed Barcelona That He Wants To Leave

Messi has just communicated to Barcelona via fax that he wants to leave the club. He reportedly wants to activate the clause that allows him to terminate his own contract. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Inter Milan are ready to swoop after the 33-year-old indicated he wanted to use the clause in his contract which would allow him to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer. Messi communicated to Barcelona via fax that he wants to leave the club, according to sources close to the player in Argentina. The attacker's future at the LaLiga giants has been thrown into serious doubt after the club performed poorly on the pitch last season and have made massive personnel changes off the field. There have been links with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner and some of Europe...
Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire
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Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has said Lionel Messi will retire at the club in “three or four years”. Messi has a deal with the Nou Camp side until June 2021 and is yet to sign a contract extension. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spain this summer. Inter Milan are believed to be monitoring his future with Barca and are ready to offer him a bumper deal. However, Bartomeu does not think Messi will leave. “It is not just me that says so. Leo has always said it, that he wants to end his professional career at Barcelona. “I think it’s the club of his life. It’s a man for a club and it’s the best club for him. “I am certain that the contract extension will happen. I have no doubt that Leo Messi in three, four, many years to come will ...
Barcelona Identify Two Players As Long Term Replacement For Lionel Messi
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Barcelona Identify Two Players As Long Term Replacement For Lionel Messi

Barcelona has reportedly identified two players, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as a long term replacement for captain, Lionel Messi. Messi, who will turn 33 later this month, has scored 21 goals in all competition for Barcelona so far this season. According to the Daily Express, the La Liga champions believe Neymar and Martinez can both replace Messi one day at the Nou Camp. The Catalan club is keen to sign both the Brazilian and Argentine internationals this summer’s transfer window. Recall that both Neymar and Martinez have drawn the interest of Barca in the past. Neymar and Martinez have been impressive for their respective club sides so far this term. Meanwhile, Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, has since admitted ...
Lionel Messi’s 10 Most Iconic Career Moments As Ranked By BBC Sports
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Lionel Messi’s 10 Most Iconic Career Moments As Ranked By BBC Sports

Lionel Messi has had so many iconic moments in his career - with 627 goals and 34 trophies for Barcelona as well as six Ballons d'Or. We have picked what we think are his 10 most iconic moments for Barcelona and Argentina. You can rank the 10 after going through them or just pick the one moment that stands out most for you. Enjoy! Ogbiwa 1. Messi's first hat-trick Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid, 10 March 2007 Messi's first career hat-trick came in one of the biggest fixtures in football. The teenager scored all of Barca's three goals in a 2007 Clasico - his first at the Nou Camp - including a brilliant last-minute finish after beating a couple of defenders. This was arguably the moment he became a household name. Barcelona 5-2 Getafe, 18 April 2007 Messi's goal in the Copa...
PSG willing to up Neymar wages to £640,000-a-WEEK
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PSG willing to up Neymar wages to £640,000-a-WEEK

PSG aim to ward off all rivals by upgrading Neymar's contract. Mundo Deportivo says PSG will offer Neymar a new contract worth a staggering £33million a year to persuade him to snub a Barcelona return. The Brazilian star has been regularly linked with a move back to the Nou Camp, where he played for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017 before a world-record £198m move to Paris. But PSG sporting director Leonardo will make an effort to tie him to the club until 2025 with a deal worth £640,000 a week. The new deal would bring Neymar's salary closer to those of the only two footballers in the world who earn more than him - Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
Liverpool face missing £35M from Coutinho fee
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Liverpool face missing £35M from Coutinho fee

Liverpool could miss out on a hefty chunk of the original fee which took Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The Daily Mail says the Reds could be set to miss out on £35million in performance-related payments tied up in Coutinho's move to Barca, who are struggling for cash during the coronavirus crisis. Coutinho left the Reds after five years at Anfield in a headline £142million move in January 2018, with his future success at the Nou Camp seen as a given by many. However the Brazilian would often struggle to hold down a place in the team in Catalonia, and after just a year-and-a-half at the club he was shipped off on loan to Bayern Munich for the entirety of the 2019/20 season. The Reds are now "unlikely to receive" that money due to Coutinho's lack of impact at Barca, and what's ...
Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite Has One Of The Most Embarrassing Unveilings Ever
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Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite Has One Of The Most Embarrassing Unveilings Ever

Barcelona's new striker Martin Braithwaite endured a shocking unveiling yesterday after messing up during a skills showcase. The Danish international completed a controversial £16 million move from Leganes yesterday and was officially presented at the Nou Camp. In an empty stadium, the 28-year-old attempted to show off why Barca signed him but failed to do so. The former Middlesbrough man flicks the ball off his head to the ground and begins to dribble with it. He then attempts a 'rainbow flick' but completely messes up the execution. It's not the best of starts to Braithwaite's Barcelona career and his press conference didn't go to plan either. Many of the Spanish press seemed disinterested in asking him questions and instead direction questions to club president J...
Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals Reason For Barcelona Exit After One Season(Best Of Ronaldo
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Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals Reason For Barcelona Exit After One Season(Best Of Ronaldo

Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima popularly known as Ronaldo, has revealed that he never wanted to leave Barcelona after his prolific season at the Nou Camp in the 1996-1997 campaign. Ronaldo joined Barca from Eredivisie giants PSV for a then world record fee and was a huge success in La Liga, netting 34 goals in 37 games in the competition. Also, he helped Barcelona win the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. Despite his achievements he then surprisingly moved on to Inter Milan the following summer after his contract renegotiations broke down. His move to Inter saw him set another world record fee of £19.5m, and the Barcelona president at the time Joan Gaspert recently admitted the club could not resist the money on offer...
Emmanuel Petit Reveals why Messi will Leave Barcelona
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Emmanuel Petit Reveals why Messi will Leave Barcelona

Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Emmanuel Petit has said that Lionel Messi may leave the Catalan club next summer. The future of the Argentine captain has been thrown into doubt following his clash with Sporting Director, Eric Abidal. The Argentine captain can leave Nou Camp for nothing in the summer thanks to a clause added in his contract. “With the Eric Abidal and Lionel Messi situation, it all depends on what happens in the next transfer window,” Petit was quoted by the Mirror. He went on to explain that many players at the club, including Messi were disappointed with how the club had handled last summer transfer activity, “with so many players rumoured to come in who never came, Neymar being one example.” “When you add in the investigation into medical proce...
Why I Turned Down Barcelona – Xavi
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Why I Turned Down Barcelona – Xavi

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez, has explained that he turned down an opportunity to become the club’s new manager because he is only just beginning his managerial career. DAILY POST had reported that Xavi appeared set to replace Ernesto Valverde at the Nou Camp after Barcelona chiefs, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau held talks with him in Doha and offered him a contract. But the Al-Sadd manager rejected a two-and-a-half-year deal and the Blaugrana quickly turned their attention to Quique Setien. “Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in a meeting with Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau but I did not accept it, especially because it is too early to train Barcelona but it will remain my dream in the future to be a Barca coach,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo. “First I t...
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Messi Finally Speaks as Barcelona sack Valverde, Appoint Setien

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has penned a farewell message to Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked as manager on Tuesday. Valverde was fired despite winning the La Liga title in each of the two seasons he spent with the Nou Camp side. But it is his poor performances in the Champions League and last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final that cost him his job. Messi has now taken to social media to share a parting message. “Thank you for everything,” Messi posted on Instagram . “I’m sure you’ll do great wherever you go because besides being a great professional you are a magnificent person. “Good luck and a big hug.” Quique Setien has since been appointed as Barca’s new manager.
Quique Setien Officially Unveiled As New Coach Of Barcelona After Ernesto Valverde Sacking (Photos)
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Quique Setien Officially Unveiled As New Coach Of Barcelona After Ernesto Valverde Sacking (Photos)

Quique Setien has been unveiled as the new coach of Barcelona following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, who was dismissed on Monday.   The former Real Betis manager was presented at Nou Camp on Tuesday, where he faced the media as Barcelona's new manager for the first time.     The 61-year-old who signed a contract until June 2022 said: 'Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being here. Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I'm here training the best players in the world.'   Asked about coaching Lionel Messi, the former Betis and Las Palmas coach added: 'I have enjoyed the last 12 years sat in front of the television watching him and these players who have made football so enjoyable to watch and it has been every...
Real Madrid Challenge Referee, VAR Decisions In El Clasico
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Real Madrid Challenge Referee, VAR Decisions In El Clasico

Real Madrid Thursday unexpectedly aired their Clasico grievances about the referee and VAR on the club’s official website. The Spanish side criticised Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez in the site, pinpointing what they believed constituted great mistakes in his decision during Wednesday’s derby with arch-rivals Barcelona at Nou Camp. Real’s complaint was that Rafael Varane suffered two fouls that in their opinion should have been given as penalties. A statement on the club’s website read: ‘Rafael Varane was stood on by Lenglet and two minutes later had his shirt pulled by Ivan Rakitic. “Varane was involved in two controversial moments in El Clásico at the Camp Nou. The Frenchman could have had two penalties in the first half but Hernandez Hernandez did not give either of ...
Next Weekend’s ‘El Clasico’ Between Barcelona And Real Madrid Has Been Postponed
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Next Weekend’s ‘El Clasico’ Between Barcelona And Real Madrid Has Been Postponed

The Royal Spanish Football Federation has decided to postpone next weekend's clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid amid political unrest. The RFEF has also proposed that the game be played on Wednesday December 18th. La Liga, on the other hand, prefer the tie be played on Saturday 7 December because "an event of the Clásico's global media impact" should be held on a weekend, report AS. Earlier this week, it was reported that La Liga wanted this month's El Clasico to be moved from Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium to Real Madrid's Bernabeu amid political unrest. Days of protests have taken place in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday. Ernesto Valverde's side were due to play Los Blancos at home on October 26th but there are concerns that these p...
Lionel Messi Wanted To Leave Barca During His Tax Fraud, No Club Offered A Deal
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Lionel Messi Wanted To Leave Barca During His Tax Fraud, No Club Offered A Deal

Lionel Messi wanted to leave Barcelona in the midst of his case for tax fraud, he has revealed, but remained at the Nou Camp when no offers came forward. Messi and his father were both found guilty of tax fraud in July 2016 and were handed suspended 21-month prison sentences and the forward ordered to pay a 1.7million Euro fine. Messi believes his reputation as a one-club player ultimately dissauded clubs from making an approach. “At that time, with the government mess, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain,” Messi told Catalonian broadcaster RAC1. “I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn’t want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here.” “It was very difficult for me and my family ...
Lionel Messi Doubts Barcelona ‘Did Everything Possible’ To Sign Neymar
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Lionel Messi Doubts Barcelona ‘Did Everything Possible’ To Sign Neymar

Lionel Messi is unconvinced that Barcelona did enough to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp, despite a summer of transfer rumours and different potential deals. Right up until the end of the European transfer window on September 2nd the Neymar transfer saga hogged the headlines with the prospect of a return to La Liga, with either Barcelona or Real Madrid, expected. In the end, despite many rumoured different deals, the Brazilian stayed with PSG. Now Messi has revealed he thinks Barca could have done more, speaking to SPORT he said, "Honestly, I don't know if Barcelona did everything possible to ensure his return. "However, it is certainly true that negotiating with PSG isn't easy. "I don't know what happened with the board. I know that I spoke with Ney and he told me how things...
Neymar To Leave For Barcelona Next Transfer Window
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Neymar To Leave For Barcelona Next Transfer Window

Barcelona appear to have lost their battle of bringing Neymar Jr back to the Nou Camp, and it seems as if the Brazilian is staying put at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). But it wasn’t without effort, or so it seems. Don Balon is reporting that though Barcelona claim they made all efforts possible to sign Neymar, Lionel Messi is not a happy man. The report says that Messi might even be angry with the Catalans for not doing enough to bring back a player with whom he shares a deep friendship, while also combining very well together in front of goal. Furthermore, the report states that Neymar would have called the Argentine superstar up to discuss his plans for the future, and revealed that he plans to stay at PSG only until the January transfer window. Meanwhile, PSG Sporting Direc...
Barcelona Apologize For Mocking Real Betis In A Tweet
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Barcelona Apologize For Mocking Real Betis In A Tweet

Barcelona have apologised for mocking Real Betis following a 5-2 win over their La Liga rivals on Sunday. Following the victory at the Nou Camp , Barcelona tweeted a photo of defender Junior Firpo holding up five fingers with the caption 'Junior knows'. The La Liga champions signed Spain Under-21 international Firpo from Real Betis in August. The club tweeted : "Barcelona wish to sincerely apologise for any offence caused to Real Betis." "No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior." Firpo made his Barcelona debut during the 5-2 win, coming on for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha after 81 minutes. The 23-year-old featured in 29 games for Betis last season and was part of Spain's U21 European Championship-winning side ...
Arsenal Chiefs ‘set To Meet Barca Officials To Thrash Out Coutinho Loan Deal’
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Arsenal Chiefs ‘set To Meet Barca Officials To Thrash Out Coutinho Loan Deal’

Arsenal chiefs are set to meet with Barcelona officials to thrash out a loan deal for ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. The Gunners take on Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp on Sunday, and discussions will take place around the game. Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142million back in 2018 but has fallen down the pecking order in Spain and is facing an uncertain future. Barcelona are open to the idea of letting the Brazilian go on loan for the season, and Arsenal have emerged as a surprise contender for his temporary signature, according to Spanish publication Sport. The Gunners' head of football Raul Sanllehi is set to lead the talks to land Coutinho. The move for the former Liverpool star comes just day after Arsenal secured the...
Neymar Finally Reports Back To PSG, Pictured In Gym
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Neymar Finally Reports Back To PSG, Pictured In Gym

Neymar has finally reported back to Paris Saint-Germain a week late after controversially failing to show up for pre-season on time. The Brazil star has attracted heavy interest from former club Barcelona after struggling both on and off the pitch since his staggering £198million move in the summer of 2017. And talks of a move away from Paris intensified after he failed to turn up to pre-season when called upon last Monday. But a week on, the 27-year-old has finally rejoined his PSG team-mates and he was seen taking part in an intense gym session at the club's state-of-the-art training base. Neymar, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury that ruled him out of Brazil's Copa America-winning campaign, was seen grimacing as he undertook conditioning tests on Monday af...
Coutinho Finally Decides to Leave Barcelona for Another Club
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Coutinho Finally Decides to Leave Barcelona for Another Club

Barcelona attacking midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, has finally decided to leave the club in this summer’s transfer window. According to Cadena SER, the Brazilian is unhappy at Nou Camp and his representatives have already told Barcelona about his decision to leave the club this summer. The Spanish newspaper is also reporting that the former Liverpool star is distressed by his failed move to the La Liga champions and his failure to make an impact at Barca. The Catalan club are open to selling Coutinho this summer, but are demanding a transfer fee of at least £80million for the player. Coutinho has failed to impress since arriving from Liverpool in a £105million deal in January 2018 despite playing his part in two La Liga title wins. A...
Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout
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Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout

Premier League clubs are on red alert as it emerges Barcelona are planning a £220m-plus clearout this summer. Mundo Deportivo says Manchester United, Chelsea, ArsePhilippe Coutinho nal and Tottenham look most likely to profit from the major clear-out, with the most high-profile name on the list. Ivan Rakitic could be the next casualty of the club's clear-out, but Barcelona legend Rivaldo has also urged the star to snub a move and stay at the Nou Camp. Arsenal and United have been linked to him, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to tie-up a £48m move to replace the departing Ander Herrera. Malcom has fallen out of favour under coach Ernesto Valverde, making just 12 league appearances last season, but Barca will still demand £45m for the Arsenal and Spurs target. Andre Gom...
Rakitic Set To Leave Barcelona Because This Happened
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Rakitic Set To Leave Barcelona Because This Happened

Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, is set to leave the club in this summer’s transfer window after captain, Lionel Messi, convinced the club’s board to sign Ajax midfielder, Frenkie de Jong. According to Dario GOL, the 31 year old branded Messi a ‘betrayer’ after the Argentine captain moved for De Jong, 22, to take Rakitic’s position next season at the club. The Spanish newspaper claimed that Rakitic, who has spent five years at Nou Camp, has also told his Croatia team-mate, Luka Modric, that Messi keeps interfering in making transfer decisions at the club. Rakitic has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan and Manchester United respectively in recent weeks. Speaking on his future at Barcelona, Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo last week: “I cannot explain where this infor...
Barcelona Send Message to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah
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Barcelona Send Message to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

La Liga champions, Barcelona have wished Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, a speedy recovery after the Egyptian international suffered a head injury during the Reds’ 3-2 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Monday at his pre-match press conference that Salah and Roberto Firmino will both miss the club’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night. “Both Mo and Roberto are not available,” Klopp had said. Reacting to Salah’s injury, Barcelona, in a tweet on Monday, said: “Games like these are for world-class players. Get well soon!” Liverpool trail 3-0 from the first leg of the semi-final at the Nou Camp. Their slim hope of progressing to the final have now been fu...
Klopp Gives Injury Update on Salah and  Firmino
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Klopp Gives Injury Update on Salah and Firmino

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that both Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino, will miss Tuesday night’s return Champions League leg against Barcelona. The Reds trail 3-0 from the first leg of the semi-final at the Nou Camp. Their slim hopes of progressing to the final have now been damaged further by the news on the key attacking duo. Klopp confirmed the news at his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon. “Both Mo and Roberto are not available,” he said. Salah suffered a head injury during their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday, while Firmino has been struggling with a groin problem.
Liverpool vs Barcelona: Milner Predicts Winner of Champions League Semi-final clash
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Liverpool vs Barcelona: Milner Predicts Winner of Champions League Semi-final clash

Liverpool’s James Milner is confident his side can beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, saying the Premier League club’s style of play can cause the Spanish champions problems. Liverpool, who comfortably eased past Porto to reach the semi-finals, will travel to the Nou Camp for the first leg on May 1 with the return leg at Anfield a week later on May 7. “We can beat Barca but we know it will be very tough,” Milner told reporters. “They’re a strong team and it is a tough place to go, but I don’t think they will have played too many teams with the style we play either. “I’ve been there a couple of times in the knockout stages with (Manchester) City and not got the right result, so hopefully it is third time lucky...
Barcelona Take Final Decision on Selling Umtiti to Arsenal this Summer
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Barcelona Take Final Decision on Selling Umtiti to Arsenal this Summer

Barcelona have finally decided not to sell defender, Samuel Umtiti to Arsenal this summer. Umtiti has been heavily linked with a move to the North London club at the end of the season in recent weeks. The World Cup winner has suffered a persistent knee injury in recent months and has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp as a result. In his absence, Clement Lenglet has stepped up to the plate and is now Ernesto Valverde’s preferred partner to Gerard Pique. Arsenal, who are in need of a new centre-back, are among the teams taking a look at Umtiti. However, Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has now disclosed categorically that the Catalan club does not plan to sell the France international this summer. ...
Rio Ferdinand Predicts Champions League Quarter-final Second leg BTW Barcelona and  Man Utd
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Rio Ferdinand Predicts Champions League Quarter-final Second leg BTW Barcelona and Man Utd

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted that they could beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Nou Camp, to force extra-time in the Champions League quarter-final. United must score in Spain, after suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Catalan giants in the first leg at Old Trafford. Barca are strong favourites to book their place in the final four of the competition, but Ferdinand says his heart is telling him there could be an upset. “They had some positives, but they’ve got to score when they go there, they didn’t have a single shot on target [in the first leg]. “Build that believe from somewhere. That’s down to the management, the staff to instil that into these players. “If you want to win tournaments like...
Champions League: Barcelona Manager Reveals How Man Utd Stopped Messi in First leg
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Champions League: Barcelona Manager Reveals How Man Utd Stopped Messi in First leg

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted that Lionel Messi was left stunned by his treatment at the hands of Manchester United last week. Messi was left bloodied by a Chris Smalling challenge in the first half and never really recovered throughout the match. The Argentine superstar was rested along with almost the entire XI that had played in Manchester, for the weekend LaLiga 0-0 draw over bottom side Huesca. Valverde insists Messi is fit again and raring to go with a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto up for grabs in the Nou Camp. “I don’t think he is worried about the same thing happening again. “He is fine, he is perfectly fine after the blow he suffered. He was okay a couple of days after it. “But he was a little ...
Mata Sends Warning to Barcelona Ahead of Tuesday’s Clash
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Mata Sends Warning to Barcelona Ahead of Tuesday’s Clash

Manchester United forward, Juan Mata has told Barcelona that anything is possible as they prepare to face the Catalan giants in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will need to pull off another impressive European comeback as they did against PSG in the round of 16, if they are to book a place in the semi-final. A Luke Shaw own goal gave the La Liga giants the edge. United go into the clash at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night as underdogs due to current form and result in the first leg. “Being 0-1 behind isn’t a good scoreline, but we are Manchester United and when you wear this shirt anything is possible,” Mata wrote in his weekly blog. “It is something that I have already repeated on many occasions, but it i...
Ex-Barcelona President Reveal Why Barcelona Won’t Sign Griezmann again
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Ex-Barcelona President Reveal Why Barcelona Won’t Sign Griezmann again

Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has claimed Antoine Griezmann would no longer be welcomed at the club, because he “played games” on the transfer front. Last year, it appeared Griezmann was poised to move to the Nou Camp. The France winger then made a dramatic u-turn, airing his intention to remain with Atletico Madrid during an infamous video reveal. Talk of Barca retaining an interest in the 28-year-old has rumbled on from that point, with another approach mooted for 2019, but Laporta believes a loyal fan base have moved on. “They will decide what they think is best, but I think that most of the fans don’t want him. “This is mostly because of the price being quoted, I think it’s inflated, there are other players with great potential who can play Griezmann’s po...
What Pique Said After Barcelona Beat Man Utd 1-0
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What Pique Said After Barcelona Beat Man Utd 1-0

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has described his return to Old Trafford as “special” following their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday night. Luke Shaw’s own goal was enough for the LaLiga champions, to take a slim advantage ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp. Pique, who spent four years at United as a youngster, before moving back to Barca in 2008, told the BBC: “It was special to come here after so many years, we are defensively at the best moment of the season. “I feel comfortable, very well because of my age and experience.” The second leg will be played April 16.
Solskjaer Reveals Why Manchester United Lost 1-0 to Barcelona
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Solskjaer Reveals Why Manchester United Lost 1-0 to Barcelona

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has blamed their 1-0 loss to Barcelona on their slow start. The Red Devils were defeated, thanks to a Luke Shaw own goal in the first half. Solskjaer says Barca were “fortunate” to get an away goal and believes they will get theirs at the Nou Camp next week. “We didn’t start great. They scored a great goal, there was great movement by Messi and Suarez and they’re fortunate that it comes off Luke and changes direction. “It’s a blow but we settled well. We’re still in this tie. “(Messi) a fantastic player. We did as well as we could against him. We kept our shape well. “It could have gone both ways. We didn’t hit the target and that’s one of the disappointing things. We’ll go there with work to be done but we will create ...
Samuel Umtiti Takes Decision on Leaving Barcelona For Arsenal
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Samuel Umtiti Takes Decision on Leaving Barcelona For Arsenal

Samuel Umtiti has decided to stay at Barcelona despite strong interest from Arsenal, Marca reports. The World Cup winner has suffered a persistent knee injury in recent months and has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp as a result. In his absence, Clement Lenglet has stepped up to the plate and is now Ernesto Valverde’s preferred partner to Gerard Pique. Arsenal, who are in need of a new centre-back, are among the teams taking a look at Umtiti. The Gunners have enjoyed a productive season under the new boss, Unai Emery and are in contention to qualify for the Champions League. But it is believed that regardless of Arsenal’s status next season, the centre-back wants to stay at Barcelona. The Frenchman is reportedly convinced he can win his place back in the ...
Manchester United Take Difficult Decision Ahead of Barcelona Tie
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Manchester United Take Difficult Decision Ahead of Barcelona Tie

Manchester United have hit back at Barcelona, over ticket prices for next month’s Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp. The LaLiga champions are charging visiting supporters £102 per ticket for the second leg. The figure is the most expensive single ticket price in United’s history outside of a major European final. In a swift reaction, the Red Devils have confirmed that they have taken the “difficult decision” of charging Barcelona fans the same price for the first leg at Old Trafford, in order to subsidise United fans making the journey for the away leg. “In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club. ...
Betis Fans Bow To Messi After Superb Hat-trick Performance
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Betis Fans Bow To Messi After Superb Hat-trick Performance

Lionel Messi is used to receiving adulation at the Nou Camp but on Sunday he got a rapturous reception from Real Betis fans for a majestic hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat of their opponent yesterday. Messi opened the scoring with an unstoppable free kick then combined with devastating effect with Luis Suarez to carve Betis open and score a second goal right before half-time. The Argentine saved his best goal for last, completing a victory which took Barca 10 points clear of second place Atletico Madrid, taking a decisive step towards the title. Beaten Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez looked on in awe while the home supporters, renowned for devotion to their side, rose to their feet, bowed down to Messi and chanted his name. See Video:
Mourinho Speaks On Messi, Ronaldo Facing Each Other
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Mourinho Speaks On Messi, Ronaldo Facing Each Other

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he does not want Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals. Ronaldo netted a hat-trick, as Juventus overcame a 2-0 deficit to eliminate Atletico Madrid. A day later, Messi scored twice and provided two assists, as Barcelona hammered Lyon 5-1 at the Nou Camp to qualify. Mourinho would like both clubs to be kept apart in Friday’s draws. “I wouldn’t like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final. “Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona. “And led by two big play...

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