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Mazinho – Rafinha could part ways with Barcelona in January

Rafinha’s father Mazinho has suggested that the Brazilian could make way from Barcelona when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The 25-year-old has recently been in the Blaugrana mix, having been involved in three of the club’s previous five league matches but there remain genuine concerns regarding the gametime with the Catalan giants.

Speaking to Radio Galicia Sport, Mazinho highlighted that his son is far from pleased with the current situation with the Spanish champions and an exit could be on the cards when the transfer window reopens in less than 45 days’ time, he said: “It’s crazy, he can’t understand anything. Only the coach knows what he has or doesn’t have. The truth is that we’re trying to get Rafa into a situation where he plays regularly. We have to look for an exit because it’s really complicated for him here [at Barcelona]. It’s been basically two years hardly playing and he needs a club to give him 30 or 40 games a season.”
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Luciano Spalletti: Inter Milan aiming to reach the level of current Barcelona side

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has said that his team are looking to reach the standards set by the current Barcelona squad in the future. The Nerazzurri come into the Champions League encounter after bagging seven straight league wins but they were outclassed during the reverse fixture of the European competition.

Speaking to reporters, Spalletti was full of praise for the current Blaugrana side and believes the Nerazzurri can consider their opponents as the benchmark to make progress towards the right direction, he said: “We’ve always said that we can play against any opponent… this is the chance to see if we really can compete against any side.
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MOURINHO EXPECTS UNITED TO SPEND IN JANUARY

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hinted that the club would be busy in the transfer market in the winter window. The Portuguese boss believes that the club must spend money if they want to rejoin the elites on the continent.

Juventus defeated United to win their third straight game in Champions League Group H. A Paulo Dybala first half goal was enough to seal victory for the UCL title hopefuls. Cristiano Ronaldo, who made a return to Old Trafford, had his strong effort saved by David de Gea. United did put up a decent performance, and Paul Pogba could have scored the equalizer if his effort hadn’t hit the goal post, but the team were still outclassed all over the pitch. Continue reading…

Arturo Vidal Unhappy with Lack of Playing Time at Barcelona

Arturo Vidal appears to be increasingly displeased with his playing time at Barcelona in the last few months, but he has refused solutions of a fallout with manager Ernesto Valverde. The Chilean midfielder made the switch to Barcelona in the summer, but it has not been a rosy start to life at the Catalan club for the former Bayern Munich player.Vidal was only named on the bench for the crucial Champions League game against Tottenham. Even though Barcelona ended up winning the game with a 4-2 success, the headlines did captureVidal in a grumpy mood on the bench. The midfielder also went on to reveal his frustration on social media.

Vidal made the switch from Bayern Munich for around €20 million. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Spanish outfit, who have had a disastrous start to the 2018-19 campaign. Even though Barcelona are still are the top of the Spanish La Liga after the first few games of the campaign, they have already dropped multiple points so far in the season. A major saving grace has been their main rivals Real Madrid also dropping points. After the reaction for the lack of gametime against Spurs,Vidal was not seen in the draw with Valencia during the weekend. The 31-year-old claims that he will speak with the coach if he has a personal problem and it is not an issue right now.
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Jordi Alba hails Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after heroics versus Real Sociedad

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has hailed Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as the best goalkeeper in the world after he made a number of key saves during the club’s 2-1 league triumph at Real Sociedad. The away game at Sociedad has proved troublesome for Blaugrana over the years and they managed to come from behind to register a fourth straight league win on Saturday.

Aritz Elustondo gave the perfect start for the hosts after netting the opening goal in the 12th minute and Sociedad appeared on course for the victory at the break. However, following the interval, the Blaugrana stepped up the momentum and goals from Luis Suarez and Ousmane between the 63rd and 66th minute ensured that Valverde’s side continued their perfect start to the campaign.
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Barcelona boss pleased with the involvement of summer signings

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted that he is pleased with the involvement of the club’s summer signings during the recent friendly game against Tottenham Hotspur. The trident of Clement Lenglet, Malcom, and Arthur featured during the 2-2 draw versus Spurs which they won on penalties and Valverde was particularly pleased with the efforts of the latter, who has no European experience to his name.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “The new signings? They all played really well, it was evident that both Lenglet and Arthur have been training with us for a little while. We had no doubts about Lenglet because he already played in Spain and we have been working on Arthur settling in but this was very encouraging. We believe Arthur can give us a lot in terms of possession, bringing the ball forward and offering a goal threat.”
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ABIDAL – MALCOM HAS BARCELONA PROFILE

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidalinsists that new club addition Malcom has the profile required to succeed at the Catalan side. This is coming amid backlash in some quarters that it was a panic buy unlike how the club historically buys players it fancies and which follow their pattern.

Abidal said the club looked at the player and confirmed he had “the Barcelona profile” before moving in to sign him. The director said the player’s qualities differentiated him especially as he was good on both wings despite being left footed. Malcom can also play in attacking midfield role, bringing in youth, versatility and talent.
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Messi Demands Barcelona Don’t Sell Mascherano

Lionel Messi has demanded that Barcelona don’t sell long-time star Javier Mascherano, according to reports in Spain. Mascherano, 33, is likely approaching the tail end of his career, but Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim Lionel Messi is determined that his Argentina teammate should not be let go from the club.

Barcelona let veteran defender Dani Alves leave for Juventus in 2016, only for the Brazil star to shine in Serie A and lead his team to the Champions League final. That was particularly frustrating for the Catalan giants as they struggled to find a replacement for him at left-back in the 2016/17 season. And Diario Gol say Messi is keen for the same situation not to arise again next season. The report claims the Barca talisman wants Mascherano to operate as a rotational player behind Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique in the pecking order. Continue reading…

VERMAELEN REGRETS BARCELONA SUMMER MOVE

Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen admits regrets over staying at Barcelona last summer. Numerous sides were interested in his signature including Everton and Crystal Palace. The Premier League sides wanted him for his experience playing at the top level at Arsenal and in Europe.

Ernesto Valverde, who was just taking over the reins, convinced him to remain at the club. The coach asked that Vermaelen fight for a spot in the team despite the mountain against him. The defender agreed to remain despite the frustrating experience he has had since moving to the Nou Camp.
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Valverde is confident that Paulinho will bring something new

Paulinho was one of Barcelona’s summer arrivals as the Brazilian midfielder made his way to Camp Nou for a transfer fee of €40 million.

With the departure of Neymar, Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde had to find a way to fill in the gap that was left and Paulinho was one of those players who were signed with that objective along with Ousmane Dembele. Continue reading…